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Pharmacist tied to deadly 2012 US meningitis outbreak arrested

Published on Sep 5, 2014 9:50 AM
 

BOSTON (REUTERS) - US officials on Thursday arrested a pharmacist linked to a 2012 outbreak of meningitis that killed 64 people across the United States as he was boarding a flight to Hong Kong, Justice Department officials said.

Glenn Adam Chin, 46, had been a supervising pharmacist at the now-defunct New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Massachusetts. It produced tainted steroids that sickened 700 people in 20 states in the worst outbreak of fungal meningitis recorded in the United States, officials said. Sixty-four patients died.

Chin has been charged with mail fraud in connection with shipping 17,000 tainted vials, according to the US Attorney's Office in Boston. The contaminated vials were sent to more than 76 facilities in 23 states. The steroid, methylprednisolone acetate, typically was injected into patients to ease back pain.

Authorities accused Chin of instructing pharmacy technicians to mislabel medication to indicate it was properly sterilised and tested.

 
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