Pharmacist’s ‘deadly’ choices sparked U.S. meningitis outbreak: prosecutors

by Barnini Chakraborty
October 21, 2017

BOSTON (Reuters) – A federal prosecutor told jurors on Friday that a Massachusetts pharmacist gambled with patients’ lives by making drugs in unsafe ways that led to a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, but a defense lawyer said he was no murderer.

Glenn Chin, a former supervisory pharmacist at New England Compounding Center, made drugs in filthy conditions, producing mold-tainted steroids in the process, Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Strachan told a federal jury in Boston in her closing argument.

Those steroids were shipped out to healthcare facilities nationally and then injected into patients, leading to an outbreak that sickened 778 people, including 76 people who died, prosecutors have said.

“Make no mistake, Glenn Chin is not sitting in this court room because he was negligent or careless,” Strachan said. “He is here because of his deliberate choices.”

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