Compounder jailed for nine years

A compounding pharmacist has been jailed for nine years over a deadly US meningitis outbreak in 2012.

A jury found Barry Cadden, 50, guilty of racketeering and fraud after prosecutors accused him of directing the production of contaminated steroids. He was found not guilty of second-degree murder.

The court heard Cadden's greed led to 778 people being harmed, including 76 deaths, across the US after they received injections of contaminated steroids that Cadden's company produced.

Prosecutors said Cadden was responsible for selling substandard and non-sterile drugs to medical facilities nationwide.

They said Cadden directed the shipment of 17,600 vials of contaminated steroids, prescribed for back pain, despite knowing they were made in unsafe conditions. - Reuters