Pharmacist linked to fungal meningitis outbreak gets 9 years in prison

( CNN) Pharmacist Barry Cadden was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday after his equipment caused at least 76 deaths in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak.

The US Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts mentioned Cadden sanctioned the shipping of drugs that weren’t confirmed to be sterile and used expired parts. It added that Cadden’s facility did not comply with cleaning, sterilization and other safe regulations — and that many who worked there, from its owners to pharmacists, actively lied about it.

More than 700 people in 20 districts were diagnosed with fungal meningitis and other illness after receiving contaminated drug from Cadden’s facility in 2012. The eruption was the largest public health crisis caused by a pharmaceutical commodity, according to a statement issued from playing United States Attorney William D. Weinreb.