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Compounding pharmacy officials now face murder charges linked to 2012 meningitis outbreak

Glenn Chin (left) and Barry Cadden, connected to the New England Compounding Center-related 2012 meningitis outbreak, now face second-degree murder charges in Michigan.
Glenn Chin (left) and Barry Cadden, connected to the New England Compounding Center-related 2012 meningitis outbreak, now face second-degree murder charges in Michigan.Associated Press/File photos

HOWELL, Mich. — Michigan’s attorney general has filed second-degree murder charges against a pharmacist and the cofounder of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a fatal meningitis outbreak in 2012.

Barry Cadden was cofounder of the now-defunct New England Compounding Center in Framingham, and Glenn Chin was a pharmacist. They are serving federal prison sentences for convictions in a separate case related to the outbreak. At least 76 people died and hundreds more became ill because of tainted steroids.

The attorney general’s office charged Cadden and Chin in connection with 11 deaths in Livingston County.

Investigators connected the compounding pharmacy to Michigan clinics that were supplied with the steroids, according to spokeswoman Andrea Bitely.

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Bitely told the Livingston Daily Press & Argus that the state of Michigan waited to file charges until after Cadden and Chin were prosecuted in federal court in Boston.