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The one who used to own a drugstore where they mix medicines has said they did something wrong without fighting in a case about a bad fungal sickness in 2012 that led to a deadly kind of meningitis

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Barry Cadden, the past owner of a pharmacy in Massachusetts connected to a harmful 2012 disease outbreak, agreed on Monday to 11 charges of unintentional manslaughter for Michigan residents who died from tainted drugs, as per prosecutors.

Over 100 people died nationwide, with at least 11 from Michigan who got injections made at Cadden’s pharmacy, the New England Compounding Center (NECC), according to the Michigan Department of Attorney General Dana Nessel.

The drugs given to these residents were contaminated, causing their deaths, the attorney general’s office stated.

Nessel expressed outrage at Cadden’s disregard for safety rules, resulting in the tragic deaths of eleven patients in Michigan. She emphasized the need for patients to trust their medications and for doctors to administer safe treatments.

Cadden is facing 10 to 15 years in prison, alongside a federal sentence for the same outbreak. His sentencing is set for April 18.

In 2012, nearly 800 people in 20 states were diagnosed with fungal infections after receiving contaminated injections from NECC. This became the largest public health crisis caused by a tainted pharmaceutical drug, according to the US attorney’s office.

Cadden’s attorney, Bruce Singal, offered thoughts and prayers to the victims in 2017 and had nothing more to add.

Compounding pharmacies like NECC customize medications for individual needs, typically making a few doses for specific patients to reduce production costs.

The Michigan attorney general accused Cadden of ignoring sterility procedures, running the business unsafely, and fabricating cleaning records and scientific testing results.

Cadden authorized shipments of contaminated steroids across the US, did not confirm their sterility, and compounded drugs with expired ingredients, according to prosecutors.

In 2017, Cadden was sentenced to nine years in prison, later resentenced to 14.5 years in 2021. More than a dozen people linked to the pharmacy have been convicted in connection with the outbreak.

The NECC and affiliated companies settled for $200 million in 2015, with $10.5 million designated for Michigan victims and their families.

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