Man pleads not guilty in tainted steroid case

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

BOSTON (AP) — A pharmacist who worked for a Massachusetts company blamed for a 2012 deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak has pleaded not guilty.

Glenn Adam Chin entered his plea to a mail fraud charge at a brief hearing Thursday in federal court in Boston.

Chin was arrested last week. Prosecutors say he oversaw the sterile clean rooms at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, where tainted steroids blamed for the outbreak were made.

Chin, a supervisory pharmacist, is accused of participating in a scheme to fraudulently cause one lot to be labeled as injectable, meaning it was sterile and fit for human use. The drug was shipped to Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton, Michigan, and injected into patients. As a result, 217 patients contracted fungal meningitis, and 15 died.