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Possible Unsafe Practices Found At W.Va. Clinic

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials in West Virginia and Ohio are advising patients of a Northern Panhandle pain management clinic to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said Monday that Valley Pain Management in McMechen (muhk-MAY’-kuhn) reused syringes to enter vials and saline bags that were used for multiple patients.

The DHHR and the Ohio Department of Health are advising patients to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus if they had an injection procedure between the clinic’s 2010 opening and Nov. 1, 2013.

Both agencies say the clinic won’t give them a patient list. The DHHR has issued an administrative subpoena for the list. The Ohio department is reviewing legal options.

The clinic didn’t immediately return a telephone message Monday.

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