CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The operator of a West Virginia pain management clinic where an investigation found needles were being reused on patients had his medical license revoked in Texas a decade ago.
Health officials in Ohio and West Virginia advised patients of Valley Pain Management in McMechen (muhk-MAY'-kuhn) on Monday to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases after an investigation found needles and syringes were reused to administer pain medications and saline solutions.
The clinic is operated by Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr. His attorney, Elgine McArdle of Wheeling, calls the investigation a "fishing expedition."
In 2004, the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners revoked Chalifoux's license for violating standards of care in the treatment of three patients, one of whom died.
The West Virginia Board of Osteopathy granted him a license in 2005.