Systemic problems at White House medical office put patients at risk

(The Center Square) – “Severe and systemic problems” at the White House Medical Unit, which serves top government officials and their families, put patients at risk. 

That’s according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, which “concluded that all phases of the White House Medical Unit’s pharmacy operations had severe and systemic problems due to the unit’s reliance on ineffective internal controls to ensure compliance with pharmacy safety standards.”

“Without oversight from qualified pharmacy staff, the White House Medical Unit’s pharmaceutical management practices may have been subject to prescribing errors and inadequate medication management, increasing the risk to the health and safety of patients treated within the unit,” according to the report. “Additionally, the White House Medical Unit’s pharmaceutical management practices ineffectively used DoD funds by obtaining brand‑name medications instead of generic equivalents and increased the risk for the diversion of controlled substances.”
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