Lawyer Says Victims Of Meningitis Outbreak Relieved By Arrests

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Federal prosecutors on Wednesday arrested 14 former owners and employees of a Framingham compounding pharmacy in connection with a nationwide meningitis outbreak in 2012 that killed 64 people and sickened more than 750.

The 131-count indictments allege that the now-closed New England Compounding Pharmacy used expired ingredients, had mold and bacteria contamination, and falsified records.

Barry Cadden, a co-founder of the business, and Glenn Adam Chin, a supervisory pharmacist, were charged with racketeering for causing the deaths of 25 patients in seven states by acting with “wanton and willful disregard” of the risks.

The other defendants were charged with such crimes as fraud and interstate sale of adulterated drugs.

Attorney Kimberly Doherty, who represents more than 100 people who were affected, says it has been "a tough road" for a lot of the victims and that her clients are relieved that justice is finally being served.

"They have been suffering for years knowing there are individuals out there that caused their injuries that were just walking the streets and living their lives as if nothing had happened to them."

Listen to our full interview with Doherty above.

This article was originally published on December 18, 2014.

This segment aired on December 18, 2014.

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