Pharmacist linked to meningitis outbreak surrenders license

By Kristin M. Hall

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 23 2012 2:27 p.m. MDT

FILE - In this photo made available, Oct. 9, 2012, by the Minnesota Department of Health shows shows vials of the injectable steroid product made by New England Compounding Center implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak that were being shipped to the CDC from Minneapolis. On Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the fungus was in one lot of vials made in August, 2012 by the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass. The specialty pharmacy has been at the center of a national investigation into more than 250 fungal meningitis cases, including at least 20 deaths. (AP Photo/Minnesota Department of Health, File)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The pharmacist who co-founded a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak has voluntarily surrendered his license in Tennessee as the state pharmacy board discussed potential civil penalties against the company.

In a special meeting held Tuesday, the state pharmacy board accepted the agreement by Barry Cadden, the co-founder of New England Compounding Center, to surrender his pharmacist license in the state, which is a disciplinary action.

The outbreak of meningitis, an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, has sickened more than 300 people, including 23 who died, in 17 states. Nine patients in Tennessee have died.

Each victim had received a steroid shot from the New England Compounding Center.

Board members also discussed the process for assessing fines against the center and Cadden.

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