Pharmacist Gets Eight Years for Role in Meningitis Outbreak

Glen Chin is the second man to be convicted in a case relating to a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012 that left 64 people dead.

The former supervisory pharmacist of New England Compounding Center (NECC) was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday for producing contaminated drugs that contributed to 64 deaths and nearly 800 patient infections, according to the Department of Justice. In October of 2017, Glen Chin was convicted by a federal jury in Boston on  counts including racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and introduction of misbranded drugs into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud and mislead. In an op-ed for the Washington Examiner last year, the president of the National Medical Association wrote that this type of fraud is “common” and that the drug compound industry takes advantage of weak regulations in pursuit of big profits, leaving patients vulnerable to unsafe medications.  The first to be convicted in the case was Barry Cadden, the pharmacy’s co-founder, in June 2017.