Saturday, December 20, 2014

Two Defendants in Compounding Case Get Home Confinement

Two former officials of a defunct drug compounding firm have been ordered to remain in home confinement on second degree murder and related charges by a federal judge.
Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal Friday ordered home confinement for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin, both formerly involved in the New England Compounding Center, which has been blamed for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak.
Boal, who also is playing a role in dozens of pending civil suits stemming from the outbreak, set bail at $500,000 for Cadden and $50,000 for Chin. Cadden was a founder and part owner of NECC, while Chin was the chief pharmacist.
Both had been held in a federal lockup since their Wednesday arrest.
Twelve other employees and owners of NECC also were charged in the 73-page indictment made public this week.
Cadden and Chin face the most serious charges for their alleged involvement in the deaths of 25 patients injected with fungus tainted methylprednisolone acetate from NECC.
Overall 751 patients were sickened in the outbreak and 64 died.
All the defendants have entered not guilty pleas.

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