(Corrects spelling of "meningitis" in headline)
BOSTON Jan 22 The owners of the pharmacy linked
to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak received at least $16
million in salaries and shareholders distributions in 2012,
according to papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
New England Compounding Center owner Carla Conigliaro, the
largest shareholder in the privately held company, received
nearly $9 million in 2012, according to court papers. Barry
Cadden, NECC's chief pharmacist, received about $3.2 million in
2012, filings show.
The filings also showed that NECC, based in Framingham,
Massachusetts, also made lease payments for BMW and Mercedes
NECC filed for bankruptcy protection last month after U.S.
authorities shut down its pharmacy operations amid a meningitis
outbreak that has killed 44 people and sickened 678 others,
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
NECC shipped thousands of vials of a fungus-tainted steroid
to medical facilities throughout the United States, according to
(Reporting by Tim McLaughlin; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)