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W.Va. Pain Clinic Operator Faces Disciplinary Hearing

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  A board will conduct a disciplinary hearing for the operator of a West Virginia pain management clinic where an investigation found syringes were being reused.

West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine Executive Director Diana Shepard says the board will hold a conference call Friday for Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr.

One of the board’s options is to suspend Chalifoux’s medical license.

Patients of Valley Pain Management in McMechen who had an injection between the clinic’s 2010 opening and Nov. 1, 2013, were advised Monday to be tested for blood-borne infections after a patient contracted bacterial meningitis last October.

West Virginia’s state epidemiologist Dr. Loretta Haddy said the investigation found, among other things, that the clinic reused syringes on more than one patient.

Chalifoux’s medical license was revoked in Texas in 2004.