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UPDATE: Doctor at Center of McMechen Pain Clinic Case Gets Medical License Reinstated

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McMECHEN - Dr. Roland F. Chalifoux Jr., operator of Valley Pain Management in McMechen, is free to practice medicine again. 

According to Wheeling Attorney Elgine McArdle, Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King Thursday reinstated Chalifoux's license after Chalifoux filed an injunction against the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine, who in July suspended his license after unsafe practices were alleged at the McMechen clinic.  

During testimony heard on Wednesday, Chalifoux told the court the license suspension would "cause irreparable harm to him," and said he never had an opportunity to testify before the board suspended his license. The judge on Thursday granted the injunction after he said the four requirements to issue it had been met. The four requirements were: 1) "Has the petitioner made a strong showing that it is likely to prevail upon the merits?" 2) "Has the petitioner shown that without such relief it will suffer irreparable injury?" 3) "Would the issuance of the injunction substantially harm other interested parties?" and 4) "Wherein lies the public interest?"

(Related Link: View the court documents here.)

During the July hearing, 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.

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."

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