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Two face second-degree murder trial in Michigan for meningitis contaminated steroid

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Two people will stand trial for the murder of 11 Livingston County residents.

In 2012 hundreds of people got sick and dozens died across the nation. The cause was traced back to the New England Compounding Center and a contaminated steroid. The president, Barry Cadden and the chief pharmacist, Glenn Chin now face trial for second-degree murder.

A Livingston County judge ruled there was enough evidence presented in a preliminary examination for the two men to be tried.  

An injectable steroid made at the compounding center was contaminated with fungal meningitis which caused the deaths of 23 people in Michigan, 11 of them in Livingston County.

Prosecutors from the Attorney General’s office argued that the required sterility procedures were disregarded and then covered up. The Attorney General’s office said the company “put profits ahead of concern for patient safety.”

The two men are currently in a Pennsylvania prison for a federal conviction related to the compounding center’s operations.

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Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Public from 1998-2010.
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