KEARNEY — A Kearney physician's medical license was placed on probation for two years because he used drugs and prescribed medication without documentation.

Daniel McGowan's license was placed on probation Aug. 5 by the state Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health.

McGowan must abstain from the use or possession of controlled substances unless prescribed by a licensed physician, provide a monthly listing of prescriptions he has received from a physician, and report the use of any controlled substances and prescription drugs to the state monthly.

McGowan can still practice medicine.

Between 2010 and July 2012, HHS records say, he prescribed controlled substances for five patients, all friends or work associates, and failed to keep any record of examinations or the prescriptions provided.

In November 2010, McGowan requested a personal prescription for a controlled substance from a co-worker. Between November 2010 and July 2012, McGowan was prescribed a controlled substance by the same doctor.

In October 2012, McGowan filed a lawsuit in Buffalo County District Court against Kearney cardiologist Sean Denney, internists Scott Smith and Michael Lawson, and Platte Valley Medical Group and its office administrator, Larry Speicher, accusing them of ruining his reputation by claiming he was addicted to drugs.

Denney, Smith, Lawson, Platte Valley and Speicher deny many of McGowan's accusations and are asking that a jury resolve the dispute.

The lawsuit is pending.

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