Specialty lab exec gets 10-year prison term for 11 deaths from tainted steroids in Michigan

(10 May 2024)

Howell, Michigan – 10 May 2024
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Judge Matthew McGivney:
"You place profits over the wellbeing and safety of people, and your actions failed these 11 individuals:"
2. Barry Cadden listening as he is sentenced
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Judge Matthew McGivney:
"You caused the death of 11 residents. The deaths of Ruth Madouse, Jennie Barth, Mary Pletti, Paula Brent, Karina Baxter, Donna Kruzich, Patricia Malafouris, Gayle Gipson, Lyn Laperriere, Emma Todd and Salley Roe."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Judge Matthew McGivney:
"Regarding Count 3, the sentence of the court that you be sentenced to a term of 10 to 15 years, with credit from Aug. 7, 2017, or 2468 days."
5. Cadden listening as he is sentenced
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Judge Matthew McGivney:
"I am familiar with the facts and circumstances of this case. I find the following sentence is in the best interest of justice and is reasonable and proportionate to the underlying offenses."
A Michigan judge has sentenced the former executive of a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy to at least 10 years in prison for the deaths of 11 people back in 2012.

They were injected with tainted pain medication, which caused a meningitis outbreak that affected hundreds across the U.S.

Barry Cadden’s sentence for involuntary manslaughter will be served at the same time as his current federal sentence for other crimes tied to the outbreak.

Judge Matthew McGivney says Cadden put the bottom line over innocent lives.

Cadden had been charged with second-degree murder but pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in March.

More than 700 people in 20 states were sickened with meningitis or other debilitating illnesses and at least 64 died as a result of tainted steroids shipped to pain clinics in 2012 by New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But Michigan has been the only state to prosecute Cadden and a senior pharmacist, Glenn Chin, for any deaths.

Compounding pharmacies make versions of medications that often aren’t available through larger drugmakers.

But Cadden’s lab was a mess, investigators said, leading to the growth of mold in the manufacturing process.

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