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POOL VIDEO - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Washington - November 14, 2012

SOUNDBITE: Rep. Cliff Stearns / Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee: "Mr. Cadden, are you one of the owners of the New England Compounding Center or NECC, the company that distributed , contaminated injectibles to medical clinics, doctor's offices and hospitals across this country?"

SOUNDBITE: Barry Cadden / Co-Founder of the New England Compound Center: "On advice of council, I respectfully decline to answer on the basis of my constitutional rights and privileges, including the fifth amendment to the United States Constitution."

SOUNDBITE: Rep. Cliff Stearns / Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee: "Mr. Cadden, 32 people have died. 400 people are infected and scores of others who were injected with medicine your company compounded are waiting, holding their breath to see if they'll get sick from the products you made. You've been the director of pharmacy at the NECC since it opened. You have responsible for ensuring that the products were safe and sterile. Mr. Cadden, what explanation can you give the families who have lost their loved ones and those who are gravely ill for the actions of your company?

SOUNDBITE: Barry Cadden / Co-Founder of the New England Compound Center: "Mr. Chairman on advice of council, I respectfully decline to answer on the basis of my constitutional rights and privileges, including the fifth amendment to the United States Constitution."

STORYLINE:

The owner and director of the specialty pharmacy tied to a deadly meningitis outbreak declined to testify Wednesday morning before a congressional committee investigating the matter.

Barry Cadden, co-founder of the New England Compound Center, told lawmakers he would use his Fifth Amendment right to not answer questions in order to avoid self-incrimination.

After repeated questioning by House lawmakers, Cadden told the House Energy and Commerce Committee: "Under advice of counsel, I respectfully decline to answer under basis of my constitutional rights and privileges, including the Fifth Amendment."

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