Federal Agents Arrest 14 in Meningitis Outbreak

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Early Wednesday morning 14 former employees including two co-founders of a Massachusetts pharmacy blamed for a meningitis outbreak killing 64 people were arrested by federal agents, said a spokeswoman for the Unites States Attorney’s office in Boston.

New England Compounding Center Co-founders, Barry Cadden and Gregory Conigliaro, were among the 14 individuals arrested at their place of residence, said Christina DiIorio-Sterling. Former supervisory pharmacist, Glenn Adam Chin, was also arrested. Chin was charged back in September with mail fraud.

Impure steroids manufactured by the company were allegedly behind the 2012 outbreak. Across 20 states, 750 people reported meningitis or other infectious symptoms after receiving the tainted drugs. Indiana, Tennessee, and Michigan were hardest hit in the outbreak.

The specific charges are expected to be released later Wednesday by federal agents . All the employees were slated to make an initial appearance in court later on Wednesday.

The company relinquished its license and filed for bankruptcy after being inundated with lawsuits filed by victims and family members. New England Compounding Center was established in 1998 by brothers-in-law Conigliaro and Cadden. Cadden married Conigliaro’s sister, Lisa.

By Stevenson Benoit

The Boston Globe

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