Pharmacist connected to 2012 meningitis deaths arrested

September 5, 2014

Federal agents Thursday arrested the former supervising pharmacist of New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts, which in 2012 provided tainted drugs that led to a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened more than 700.

Federal agents Thursday arrested the former supervising pharmacist of New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts, which in 2012 provided tainted drugs that led to a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened more than 700.

Federal agents arrested Glenn Adam Chin, 46, Thursday morning at Boston’s Logan International Airport as he attempted to board a flight to Hong Kong. He has been charged him with one count of mail fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, if convicted. 

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"Although the criminal investigation of Chin and others is on-going, the U.S. Attorney's Office charged and arrested Chin today after federal authorities learned that he was planning to leave the country on an international flight that was scheduled to depart this morning," the Justice Department wrote in a statement.

 

 The complaint against Chin alleges he intentionally mislabeled a tainted a batch of steroids in the fall of 2012, causing doctors to unknowingly inject it into hundreds of patients, many of whom contracted fungal meningitis.

After the tainted medications were traced to the now-defunct New England Compounding Center, an inspection of the facility found mold and other unsterile conditions.