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Cape Girardeau Area Doctor Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Prescribing Pain Pills

Southeast Missourian
Dr. Michael Jessup

A southeast Missouri doctor has pleaded guilty to unlawfully prescribing drugs in a case that stems from an undercover investigation.

The Southeast Missourian reports Dr. Michael Jessup entered the plea Monday. At issue is how he prescribed the opioid painkiller hydrocodone and an anti-anxiety drug.
The indictment says an undercover officer visited the Cape Girardeau area gynecologist in 2016, pretending to have pain similar to what people would experience with sciatica.

The plea agreement says Jessup prescribed pain medication without requesting medical records or formulating a treatment plan. Prosecutors say Jessup then increased the dosage during five follow-up exams in which he never asked how the hip was doing or why the drugs weren't detected in urine tests.

Physical therapy was never recommended.

Jessup's sentencing is set for February.

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