'Inactive' Mount Sterling doctor who wrote prescriptions surrenders license

Dr. Gregory Lee, a Mount Sterling physician specializing in emergency medicine, has agreed to surrender his license to practice in Kentucky.

Lee's license with the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure was considered "inactive" after it expired in March 2012. Between then and Aug. 9, 2013, he wrote 124 prescriptions for himself, his wife and employees of the Wal-Mart store where he filled the prescriptions, according to Board of Medical Licensure documents.

Lee told the board he wrote many of the prescriptions for himself and his wife "because he was not working and had no insurance." He also wrote himself two prescriptions for the pain reliever tramadol, which Lee said actually were for his dog.

He said Wal-Mart employees asked him for prescriptions for themselves and family members suffering from colds, sinus problems and the like.

Lee told the board "he sympathized with these people for avoiding the costs of going to their family physician" and did not think it was wrong to give them prescriptions because the prescriptions were not for controlled substances and he was not charging them.

Wal-Mart's Office of Global Investigations notified the Board of Medical Licensure about the prescribing.

Monday's agreed order of surrender states that Lee is "permanently disabled and unable to practice medicine."