- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri 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 Board of Pharmacy placed the Ozark Republican on probation for three years. Morris did not immediately return phone calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Morris first was elected to serve in the House in 2012. He owns several Family Pharmacy drug stores in the Springfield area and has also 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 ranging from several antibiotics to pain and flu medications to 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 of Pharmacy has twice before disciplined Morris.

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 requires him to comply with all criminal and pharmacy laws and regulations. He’s banned 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.

Morris is also required to regularly take classes in pharmacy law and pass a pharmacy best practices test, if available.

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Associated Press writer Marie French contributed to this report. Follow Marie French at https://twitter.com/m_jfrench and Summer Ballentine at https://twitter.com/esballentine .

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