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Murder trial set for man accused of causing nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis that killed 11 people in Michigan

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, MI – A Massachusetts pharmacist accused of causing an outbreak of fungal meningitis that killed 11 Michigan residents will be tried for murder.

Livingston County Circuit Judge Matthew McGivney set a Nov. 4 trial date for Glenn Chin, who faces 11 counts of second-degree murder for his alleged role in the deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, announced on Monday, May 20, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

“Eleven Michiganders tragically lost their lives as a result of a lack of concern for patient safety,” Nessel said. “My department looks forward to finally seeking justice for the victims and their families in court.”

Chin, 56, of Canton, Massachusetts, was the supervising pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts, where the nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis led to 64 deaths, 11 of which occurred at the Pain Specialist Clinic. Michigan in Livingston County.

The Attorney General’s Office alleges that Chin ignored sterility procedures, created fraudulent cleaning records and falsified scientific test results.

Although testing repeatedly revealed the presence of mold or bacteria in the sterile rooms used to mix drugs to create the steroids the company sold, the company misrepresented the safety of its product, according to previous reports.

Patients at the clinic received epidural injections of the steroid methylprednisolone, which was prepared and produced at the preparation center and shipped to the pain clinic in Livingston County.

Donna Kruzich, Paula Brent, Lyn Laperriere, Mary Plettl, Gayle Gipson, Patricia Malafouris, Emma Todd, Jennie Barth, Ruth Madouse, Salley Roe and Karina Baxter died as a result of being injected with the contaminated drug.

Co-defendant and owner of the Massachusetts company, Barry Cadden, 57, pleaded no contest to 11 counts of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison.

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Cadden was also found guilty in federal court on 57 criminal counts and sentenced to nearly 15 years in prison. His federal sentence began in August 2017.

As part of the plea, Cadden’s state prison sentence will be served concurrently with his federal sentence.