Tops officials of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy were arrested early Wednesday for a fungal meningitis outbreak that claimed lives of 64 people, according to a spokesperson for the US attorney’s office in Boston.
Barry Cadden and Gregory Conigliaro, co-founders of the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, were arrested along with 12 other employees at their homes in the state, said attorney’s office spokesperson Christina DiIorio-Sterling said.
One of the 12 employees held in the case was Glenn Adam Chin, a former supervisory pharmacist. China was charged with mail fraud in September this year.
According to the sources, the company has been blamed for manufacturing tainted steroids that has resulted in deaths of many people in 2012.
Nearly 750 people living in 20 states suffered from meningitis and other infections after they were administered with the contaminated steroids.
Among the worst-hit states were Tennessee, Michigan and Indiana.
The authorities said that the exact charges are likely to be disclosed during a news conference later Wednesday.
Meanwhile, sources said that all the accused are expected to make an appearance at the initial court later in the day.
The pharmacy had surrendered its license and filed for a bankruptcy protection after hundreds of lawsuits were filed against the company by victims and their families.