Mass. pharmacy founder had background in recycling

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 6:36 PM

BOSTON (AP) -- The pharmacy linked to the nation's deadly outbreak of meningitis is owned by two brothers-in-law who brought different but complementary skills to the business. 

One's a pharmacist, the other a risk-taking businessman who made his mark recycling old computers, fishing rope and mattresses.  

The pharmacy -- the New England Compounding Center -- is now under scrutiny after making a steroid solution that apparently became contaminated with a fungus. It has sickened more than 180 people, killing 14.   

The business was founded in 1998 by Barry Cadden and Gregory Conigliaro. Conigliaro had already built a successful recycling company. Cadden held a degree in pharmacy. 

Neither has commented since the outbreak. A spokesman says they are focused on aiding the investigation into what happened.
 

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