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Health & wellness

Co-owner of pharmacy blamed for outbreak stays silent at hearing

WASHINGTON — The co-owner of the Framingham pharmacy blamed for the fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 32 people strode grimly into a congressional hearing Wednesday overflowing with politicians, patient advocates, and media awaiting an explanation for one of the worst public health crises in decades.

But Barry Cadden immediately made clear he would provide no answers in his first public appearance since New England Compounding Center was tied to the illnesses. “Mr. Chairman, on the advice of counsel, I respectfully decline to answer,” he said repeatedly in response to questions, exercising his constitutional right not to incriminate himself. Cadden appeared to be reading from an index card.

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