By the way, the lawyer didn't note that a majority of the jury found Cadden guilty of murder in 23 of the 25 deaths, not enough to convict on those charges.
The former co-owner of the New England Compounding Center, the pharmaceutical company at the center of a meningitis outbreak in 2012, has been found not guilty on the most serious charges in that trial but convicted of other charges.
"As terrible as each of these stories is, there is nothing that shows that Mr. Cadden did something that the government can link to the death of that person", Singal said. In December, NECC's national sales director, Robert Ronzio, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to defraud the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. District Court Judge Richard Stearns set a sentencing hearing for June 21 for Cadden, who faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each fraud and racketeering counts. Cadden is free on bail.
"Barry is very conscious in the flurry of excitement over the verdict that we not forget the people who have suffered terribly during this ordeal, the people who have lost loves ones, and Barry's thoughts and prayers remain with them throughout". At the end of the scare, 732 people were found to have been infected by meningitis and other infections, while 64 died.
Cadden was chief pharmacist as well as an owner of the now-defunct drug compounding business, whose contaminated steroids were injected into people's spines. The defense argued that prosecutors had failed to show how the drugs had been contaminated or to specify any role that Cadden might have played in the deaths. Some reports put the death count at more than 70. Further, certain batches of drugs were manufactured, in part, by an unlicensed pharmacy technician, officials said.
In 2013, federal laws increased federal oversight of compounding pharmacies, which mix special medications for patients and supply them directly to hospitals and doctors.