McMechen Pain Clinic at Center of Controversy Set to Reopen


A McMechen pain management clinic where accusations of the re-use of needles and other non-sterile techniques were alleged, is set to reopen.

On Wednesday, Elgin McCardle, an attorney representing the clinic’s Dr. Roland F. Chalifoux Jr., confirmed that Valley Pain Management will soon be back in business. Chalifoux had his license reinstated on Aug. 28, a month after it was suspended by the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

During a July hearing, the West Virginia Health Commission presented evidence collected by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, which contested that witnesses saw 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 alleged that prior to Nov. 1, 2013, the clinic, 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.

At the time, 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.”

(Related story: UPDATE: Doctor at Center of McMechen Pain Clinic Case Gets Medical License Reinstated)

A month later, Chalifoux’s license was reinstated by Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King after Chalifoux filed an injunction against the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

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