Former NECC Owner Pleads No Contest in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak that Caused 11 Deaths in Michigan

Business owner accused in fatal meningitis outbreak accepts no-contest plea

In 2012, a fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated epidural injections of methylprednisolone produced at the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Massachusetts resulted in 11 deaths in Michigan. The outbreak led to a total of 64 deaths and numerous infections nationwide.

Following a federal investigation in 2017, Barry Cadden, the former owner of NECC, was found guilty of 57 criminal charges and sentenced to 14.5 years in prison. In 2018, he was subsequently charged with 11 counts of second-degree murder in Michigan. On Monday, Cadden pleaded no contest to multiple counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the outbreak.

As part of his plea agreement, Cadden will be sentenced to 10-15 years in prison, which will be served concurrently with his federal sentence. He is scheduled for sentencing on April 18.

In 2015, a $200 million settlement was reached for victims and their families, with $10.5 million allocated for Michigan residents affected by the outbreak. The majority of families representing the 11 Michigan victims supported resolving the criminal charges with a plea deal. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel emphasized the importance of holding Cadden accountable for his actions and ensuring justice for the victims.

Nessel stated, “Cadden ran his pharmaceutical lab with a shocking and abhorrent disregard for basic safety rules and practices, and in doing so he tragically killed 11 Michigan patients. Wherever you are in this country, if your greed harms and kills Michigan residents, my office will make every effort to enforce the fullest extent of the law.” The investigation and prosecution of Cadden highlight the commitment to seeking justice for those affected by the outbreak.

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