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Trial Date Set for Man Charged with Murder in Livingston County Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

LANSING – Judge Matthew J. McGivney in the 44th Circuit Court in Livingston County set the trial for Glenn Chin, 56, of Canton, Massachusetts, for November 4, 2024. Chin faces 11 counts of second-degree murder for his alleged involvement in the deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak.

“Eleven Michiganders tragically lost their lives as a result of a lack of concern for patient safety,” Nessel said. “My department looks forward to finally seeking justice for the victims and their families in court.”

Chin was the supervising pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts. In 2012, a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak resulted in 64 deaths, 11 of which occurred at the Michigan Pain Specialists Clinic (MPS) in Livingston County. Patients at the clinic were given epidural injections of the steroid methylprednisolone, which was compounded and produced at the NECC in Massachusetts and shipped to MPS. Donna Kruzich, Paula Brent, Lyn Laperriere, Mary Plettl, Gayle Gipson, Patricia Malafouris, Emma Todd, Jennie Barth, Ruth Madouse, Salley Roe, and Karina Baxter died as a result of being injected with the contaminated drug.

The Department alleges that Chin disregarded sterility procedures in the compounding of sterile medications, created fraudulent cleaning records, and falsified scientific testing results. 


Please note: For all criminal proceedings, a criminal charge is merely an allegation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Department does not provide booking photos.

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