The West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine on Friday held an emergency session in which they suspended the medical license of Dr. Roland F. Chalifoux Jr., after unsafe practices were alleged at Valley Pain Management in McMechen.
Calling the Friday session a "public health emergency," the West Virginia Health Commission presented evidence collected by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, who said they witnessed non-sterile techniques being used at the clinic and "the single and multiple use of vials."
The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health and the Ohio Department of Health claim that prior to November 1, 2013, Valley Pain Management, which opened in 2010, also re-used needles/syringes to administer pain medications and saline solutions, and used the same pain medication vial for multiple patients.
The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health says it released the information earlier this week because they could not contact all of the patients at the clinic.
On Thursday, Chalifoux, the only physician at the clinic, responded to the allegations.
Chalifoux Jr., released a statement in which he denied all accusations made against the clinic. He stated, "I have listened and seen in print with disbelief how the State of Ohio press release, which contains inaccurate information, has become a media circus adding bizarre scenarios scenarios via social media."
Chalifoux went on to say, "The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health findings from the investigation of my practice did not include the re-use of needles or syringes for multiple patients by me or my staff for any reason. This is a false allegation that is only found in the state of Ohio release."
He continued, "Valley Pain Management cooperated with the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health by providing over 1500 cases from July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013 that the WVPBPH requested. This included residents of Ohio and West Virginia." Chalifoux also claims that the Ohio Department of Health "did not at any time time prior or since the press release attempt to obtain patient information from my practice."
You can read our original story on the allegations here.