BOSTON – The trial is scheduled to start this week for the pharmacists of the Framingham-based Center that caused a national meningitis outbreak in 2012, that killed 64 people and injured more than 750 in 20 states. No one was injured or infected in Massachusetts.
Co-founder and head pharmacist of New England Compounding Center Barry J. Cadden of Wrentham and supervisory pharmacist Glenn A. Chin of Canton both were charged with 25 racketeering acts of second-degree murder in seven states.
The trial is scheduled to start Thursday, January 5 in U.S. District Court in Boston. Jury selection could start as early as Friday.
Federal authorities made their first arrest in the deadly meningitis case in 2014, two years after the outbreak.
Cadden was one of 14 officers, owners and employees of NECC blamed for the outbreak. NECC shipped thousands of vials of fungus-laden spinal steroids to health-care providers in more than 20 states. He pleaded not guilty and is free on bail. His lawyer has said federal prosecutors are overreaching with the murder charges.