Very Simple Rule: Don’t Reuse Needles


I may not be the smartest guy in the world but I know one thing, reusing needles is bad.  Even heroin addicts kind of get that now.  Well, this just in.  A West Virginia pain clinic seem to have ignored this rule (my thoughts in parenthesis):

  • The investigation by West Virginia health officials found that, prior to November 2013, needles and syringes were reused at Valley Pain Management in McMechen to administer pain medications and saline solutions. They said the same pain medication vial was used for more than one patient. (This is bad)
  • Both agencies said the clinic has not cooperated with their requests for a patient list, which they are seeking so patients can be notified of their potential risk of exposure and testing options. (This is not so good, either)

Who here thinks that this pain clinic may have done some other unsavory activities?  Hands up.  That’s one, two, three….okay, everybody.   More to come on this story.  Some doctor is deservedly going down.


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “Very Simple Rule: Don’t Reuse Needles

  1. Epiduralgirl
    July 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Although the doctor is completely liable, I’m willing to bet there’s an administrator who thought this was a good idea.

  2. William Harrngton
    July 23, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Would it be possible to put out the information in the news, naming the facility , what they are suspected of doing and outlining the danger?

    • Doug Farrago
      July 23, 2014 at 11:54 am

      I think there is a link on the entry

  3. Sir Lance-a-lot
    July 22, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Reusing needles is bad??? Oh, Crap!

    Am I the only one who sees these pain docs as more than a little bit sketchy?

    I know of one not to far away who got caught doing it with one of his pts in return for drugs.
    Got his license suspended, but still owns and runs his “small empire” of pain clinics, so no harm, no foul, I guess…

    I knew there was a reason I should have gone into anesthesiology.

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