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Pharmacist arrested in tainted steroid case

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By DENISE LAVOIE
AP Legal Affairs Writer

BOSTON (AP) - A lawyer for a Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a deadly meningitis outbreak says he was planning to attend a family wedding in Hong Kong - not planning to flee the country - when he was arrested.

Glenn Adam Chin was arrested on a mail fraud charge Thursday at Logan International Airport.

Chin oversaw the sterile clean rooms at the New England Compounding Center. The Framingham-based compounding pharmacy is blamed for tainted steroids believed to have caused the deaths of 64 people in a nationwide outbreak in 2012.

Authorities say Chin didn't properly sterilize or test equipment and concealed the unsafe practices.

His lawyer, Paul Shaw, says Chin and his family were headed to Hong Kong, where Chin's wife is from. Chin was born in Cambridge and raised in Boston.

Shaw called the airport arrest "a publicity stunt" by prosecutors.

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