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Patient reacts to clinic investigation

Updated: Tuesday, July 22 2014, 06:26 PM EDT

Patient reacts to clinic investigation
Marshall County, WV

Valley Pain Clinic in McMechen is currently at the center of an investigation involving unsafe injection practices and potential diseases like hepatitis, HIV among others.
Rick Doran was a patient at Valley Pain Clinic from 2010 until 2011.
When he found out about the investigation, he was very upset.
 
He says, "I just figured out, wow is this going to be me? I am going to be another statistic and I just got really nervous and the first thing I did was call my wife up."
 
The investigation pertains to reused syringes and saline bags the Health Department says were used multiple times.
And the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is urging patients to get tested.
 
Doran says, "it's scary, very scared ... I don't need too many things to worry about right. Now besides what I got going on in my life right now and that's not one thing I want to worry about right now. But I will address it. I will address it with my doctor tomorrow morning."
 
Doran says when he was a patient, the waiting room was always full and he would be there for hours.
"I don't understand why this would even happen -- as many patients as this doctor had, as many people that were in and out of there, he did these things daily. It was an experience that I never want to experience again."
 
No comments were made from workers and no call  was returned from the doctor who runs the clinic.
DHHR has issued a subpoena, but no response from the clinic.
We're told from state officials they plan to take further legal action, but as of now the clinic is still taking patients but, local health officials are issuing warnings.
The doctor in charge of the clinic is refusing to release the names of possible infected patients to state and local health departments.

Patients affected might not be current patients  because we're told the clinic did make improvements.
However, patients from 2010 until November 1, 2013, are being told to check with their doctors. If they do not have a doctor, they should contact their local health department.

Patient reacts to clinic investigation


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