Missouri lawmaker’s pharmacist license is placed on probation

Missouri State Rep. Lynn Morris
Missouri State Rep. Lynn Morris

State Rep. Lynn Morris’ pharmacist’s license has been placed on probation for a third time, most recently because Morris wrote prescriptions for himself and others without a doctor’s approval, documents show.

Television stations KYTV and KSPR first reported Thursday that the Missouri Board of Pharmacy placed the Ozark Republican on probation for three years.

Morris did not return phone calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Morris first was elected to the House in 2012. He owns several Family Pharmacy drugstores in the Springfield area and has introduced numerous bills dealing with pharmacies and pharmacists.

Morris acknowledged in a settlement that took effect in April that he filled 18 prescriptions between 2011 and 2013 under a physician’s name without his authorizations, documents show.

He filled prescriptions for himself, his employees and his family for medications including antibiotics, pain and flu medicines, and drugs for his dog.

Morris told KYTV that short staffing meant some of his employees needed treatment but were unable to leave work to visit a physician when the violations occurred, according to the station.

The board has disciplined Morris twice before.

The board first placed Morris on probation in 1985 for excessively dispensing controlled substances and for unauthorized refills of controlled substances, including the anxiety drug Valium.

Morris was cited again in 1988 for violating terms of his license probation.

Morris’ current probation bars him from serving as the “pharmacist-in-charge” or “manager-in-charge” of licensed pharmacies, and from dispensing or billing prescriptions to himself and family members.