Meningitis outbreak that killed 64 draws murder charges

December 17, 2014 4:32 PM

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Two officials of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people in 2012 were charged Wednesday with a range of counts including second-degree murder, the U.S. attorney's office said.

"Production and profit were prioritized over safety," U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said at a press conference announcing a 131-count indictment against the co-founders and 12 other employees of the New England Compounding Center in Framingham.

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