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First Criminal Trial Related to Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Begins


The trial of Barry J. Cadden, director of the New England Compounding Center, began Monday in one of Boston’s federal courts. Cadden is charged with at least 25 counts of second-degree murder in connection to deaths that took place in seven states, among other crimes.

About the Fatal Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

According to several news outlets, including USA Today, Cadden and thirteen other company executives and pharmacists were indicted in 2014, as a result of their purported responsibility in failing to follow proper procedure and regulation in preparing medicinal steroid injections.

The failings ultimately resulted in 10,000 tainted doses and the subsequent deaths of 76 individuals throughout the United States.

Joan Peay, 76, of Nashville, Tennessee, was afflicted with fungal meningitis in 2012 and 2013, and her health deteriorated in October 2013 to such a point that her family members felt that she would not survive the ordeal; she suffered hearing loss as a result.

Peay is but one of 750 Americans who were affected by this deadly outbreak over the past few years, and she and many others demand justice and accountability to this very day.

Fungal Meningitis Statistics

According to updated October 2015 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services headquartered in Georgia, the tainted steroid injections that caused the fungal infections were distributed to 23 states in late 2012.

Michigan was the hardest hit, with 264 illnesses and 19 deaths reported, while Tennessee (Peay’s state) was the second-hardest hit, with 153 illnesses and 16 deaths reported.

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