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STAT Plus: Pharmalittle: Former compounder employees convicted; Purdue must fork over secret records

And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Once again, our agenda is rather modest. Other than helping our shortest person become acclimated in our driving machine, we hope to catch up on our reading and spend time with Mrs. Pharmalot. And what about you? We are nearing a year-end break, so best to make getaway plans now. You could do something mundane like winterize your castle. Or for those seeking a thrill, you could place bets on the outcome of any number of exciting developments, such as hush payments. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon …

Four former employees and an owner of the New England Compounding Center that was responsible for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds were convicted on charges including mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the U.S., the Associated Press writes. The defendants were among 14 people charged in 2014 following an investigation into the outbreak, which sickened almost 800 people and is considered the worst public health crisis in recent U.S. history. The outbreak was blamed on contaminated injectable steroids.

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