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McMechen pain clinic under investigation, patients warned

Updated: Monday, July 21 2014, 05:25 PM EDT

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is investigating a local pain clinic.

Officials with the DHHR are urging patients who had an injection procedure at Valley Pain Management in McMechen to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The patients affected would have received procedures from the time the clinic opened in 2010 through Nov. 1, 2013.

According to Dr. Letitia Tierney, commissioner and state health officer with the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, Valley Pain Management employees were reusing syringes to enter vials and used saline bags for more than one patient.

Tierney said Valley Pain Management continues to refuse to provide DHHR with a patient list so that specific patients can be properly notified of potential risk.

"DHHR has issued an administrative subpoena in an effort to obtain the clinic's patient list and is prepared to institute additional legal action if the clinic does not comply with the subpoena," said Tierney.

On Monday, Valley Pain Management was still operating under the direction of Dr. Roland Chalifoux; Jr.

"The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health has worked very hard with our local public health partners, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the CDC to understand the risk of hepatitis B, C or HIV for patients at Valley Pain Management, which is why access to the patient list is critical," said Tierney.

Testing is available for Valley Pain Management patients at the following local health departments until Oct. 21.

To make an appointment for testing, call:

  • Hancock County Health Department 304-564-3343
  • Brooke County Health Department 304-737-3665
  • Wheeling-Ohio Health Department 304-234-3682
  • Marshall County Health Department 304845-7840
  • Wetzel-Tyler Health Department 304-337-2001

Ohio residents should call 1-844-593-5184 for additional information.

Pennsylvania residents should call 877-PA HEALTH (877-724-3258) to make arrangements for testing.

McMechen pain clinic under investigation, patients warned

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