Pharmacist blamed for meningitis outbreak guilty of racketeering, cleared of murder

24 March, 2017, 03:09 | Author: Sam Montgomery
  • NECC injectable steroid linked to meningitis outbreak 2

But on Wednesday, jurors did not find Cadden directly responsible for those 25 deaths, only the racketeering and fraud charges.

A federal jury in Boston acquitted Barry Cadden, the owner and head pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center (NECC), of second-degree murder charges but convicted him of racketeering, mail fraud, and other crimes in connection with the sale of a contaminated pain medication that caused a deadly USA outbreak of fungal meningitis in 2012.

"As frightful as each of these stories is, there is nothing that shows that Mr. Cadden did something that the government can link to the death of that person", Singal said.

A jury found Barry Cadden, an owner of the now-defunct New England Compounding Center, guilty of some of the charges, but decided against holding him directly responsible for the deaths, which could have resulted in a life sentence for Cadden. In December, NECC's national sales director, Robert Ronzio, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to defraud the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Cadden, 50, of Wrentham, will be sentenced on June 21. Cadden is out on bail while awaiting sentencing.

"We are very confident that the government is going to be unable to establish that [Evanosky] committed any crime, period", he said. The verdicts were announced this morning in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Trump signs bill pushing for crewed NASA mission to Mars
I look forward to working with the new administration to implement these policies and to restore American leadership in space. The new law also authorizes $19.5 billion in space agency funding for the 2017 budget year, which began October 1.

Concern Grows for Tennessee Girl, 15, Who Vanished With Teacher, 50
Police say 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas disappeared together with 50-year-old Tad Cummins , and Thomas is in "imminent danger". Cooper charged Tad Cummins this week for a sexual interaction between him and a student, Elizabeth Thomas , at his school.

Badgers Upset Villanova in Second Round of NCAA Tournament
The Seminoles weren't very impressive, but had a 10-point advantage from the line which made the difference. Villanova seized the 2016 national championship with the most flawless full-court inbounds play ever run.

More than 700 people in 20 states were diagnosed with fungal meningitis and other infections after receiving contaminated medication in 2012.

After expressing his outrage that Cadden was also charged with murder in the deaths of 25 people who took the tainted medicines, attorney Bruce Singal had the audacity to say this.

Cadden's lawyers had conceded that the outbreak was caused by steroids manufactured at NECC, but they said that murder charges weren't warranted, arguing that Cadden didn't act intentionally or know the drugs would kill people, reports the Associated Press.

According to prosecutors, Cadden allowed contaminated drugs to be shipped nationwide.

"Barry Cadden put profits over patients", Weinreb said, The New York Times reported. Some drugs were made by an unlicensed pharmacy technician.

Recommended:

  • Kesha suffers another setback in court battle with Dr Luke

    Kesha suffers another setback in court battle with Dr Luke

    Kesha initially filed to end her contract with the producer in 2015, but her bid fell through in court nearly a year ago (Apr16). The countersuit filed in January that the judge struck down alleged that Kesha's creative output while under Dr.

    Google Announces Android O and Developer Preview is Now Available

    If you're a normal user, you may want to hold off on installing this release, at least when it comes to your daily driver. Google says that these tweaks should make it so that apps "have minimal impact on a user's device and battery".
    'Beauty and the Beast' sets March box office weekend record

    'Beauty and the Beast' sets March box office weekend record

    The film, directed by Oscar victor Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film, cost 160 million US dollars to make. The film, which stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title roles, scored another $180 million internationally.
  • Jermain Defoe has World Cup berth in his sights

    Jermain Defoe has World Cup berth in his sights

    In Rooney's absence, Southgate has indicated he intends to allocate the captain's armband on a match-by-match basis. The Three Lions were put through their paces by boss Gareth Southgate at St.
    Twitter Transparency Report Details Escalating Crackdown On Terrorists

    Twitter Transparency Report Details Escalating Crackdown On Terrorists

    The company reported Tuesday that it pulled down 376,890 terrorist-related accounts from July 2016 through December 2016. More than 62,000 Twitter accounts were shut down every month in the last half of 2016 because of links to terrorism.
    Klopp: Coutinho Looks To Be In Good Form

    Klopp: Coutinho Looks To Be In Good Form

    We have to do it better and that is what we are working on. "I'm really looking forward to it". Usually when we are not good, we lose.
  • Johnson faces a major group in Match Play

    Johnson faces a major group in Match Play

    Jordan Spieth at least won't have to worry about playing a close friend like he did a year ago against Justin Thomas. Past year at Austin Country Club, he posted a 7-0 record, including a 5-and-4 rout of Oosthuizen in the final.
    Merkel hopes to address trade issues with Trump at G7 in May

    Merkel hopes to address trade issues with Trump at G7 in May

    Abe and Hollande also confirmed that they will continue their efforts to promote free trade . Trump insisted he was not isolationist, saying: "I'm a free trader but also a fair trader".

    Syrians Report Israeli Drone Strike Kills Commander of pro-Assad Militia

    In 2014, the Syrian government and an opposition group both said an IDF strike had hit Damascus' suburbs and airport. Israeli strikes have also gone after ISIS fighters inside Syria.
  • Google releases developer preview of Android O

    The search giant has released the latest beta version of Android 7.1.2, pushing some big changes into the software on the Pixel C. The next major improvement in Android O noted by sources is the revamped app icon badge that will display active notifications.
    Justin Kuijer: Man Wanted In Niagara For Murdering Stepson

    Justin Kuijer: Man Wanted In Niagara For Murdering Stepson

    Kuijer was last seen wearing an orange hoodie under a brown leather coat, dark trousers , a black toque, and boots, police said. Catharines site of the Niagara Health System, the woman was transported to a trauma centre outside of the Niagara region.

    UK's Osborne to edit Standard newspaper

    The incredulous Twitter tsunami of reactions to the Osborne editorship appointment included much mirth and some classic quips. Yet the paper also warned in its leader column that the MP should "be aware. of the potential for conflicts of interest".


Popular

IL lawmakers propose legalizing, taxing recreational marijuana amid budget woes
Yesterday, bills were introduced in both the state's Senate and House targeting the legalization of adult-use marijuana. The governor's office is reviewing the bills.

Syrian Army Repels Ex-Nusra Front Attacks in Eastern Damascus
Under such agreements, the government agrees to end bombardments and stop besieging towns in exchange for a rebel withdrawal. Rebel fighters have been granted safe passage to insurgent-held areas of northern Syria under such agreements.

Joe Girardi: Didi Gregorius could miss all of April
NY manager Joe Girardi didn't put on a timetable on a return, saying only, "He's going to be sidelined for a bit". The New York Yankees received some bad news regarding their young shortstop Didi Gregorius.

S'pore named world's most expensive city for expats again
It also means London is cheaper than NY for the first time in 15 years and it is now 17 per cent less expensive than Paris. The only city in North America to enter the list was NY which fell to the ninth rank this year from seventh last year.

Vigilant EU to suspend imports involved in Brazil meat scandal
Investigators also found evidence that some companies manipulated certificates on meat for export to Spain and Italy. Some of the meat ended up in lunches at public schools, police said at a press conference in Curitiba, Brazil.

Syrian truck driver on road to Damascus reportedly killed by Israeli drone
On Friday, the Arrow 2 was deployed for the first time, shooting down a surface-to-air missile shot from Syria, says Brig. Russia's foreign ministry on Monday said it had summoned Israel's ambassador over the strikes and "expressed concern".

1500 gunmen, their families leave al-Waer neighborhood in Homs
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent, along with Russian and Syrian officials are supervising the Al-Waer evacuation. Waer district has been under a siege by regime forces for four years.

Syria Fires Missiles at Israeli Warplanes After Airstrikes
Syria responded by firing several missiles at the aircraft - one of which was intercepted by Israel's air defense systems. The Syrian army recaptured Palmyra from IS on March 2, three months after losing it to the jihadists for a second time.

Somali pirates release hijacked ship: Somali marine force, pirates
Sri Lanka's Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva said the European Union, the U.S. had helped co-ordinate the release. Officials in Puntland sent local forces to assist in rescue efforts of the hostages on board the vessel.

Stream Drake's 'More Life' Project
So, take a deep breath and let's get OVO Sound up and running for you to stream (and then promptly freak out over) More Life . Will Drake appear to give some commentary? " More Life , More success".