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 January 31, 2024

White House Medical Unit during Trump admin 'improperly dispensed drugs': Report

A bombshell report published by the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Inspector General provided insight to what was happening behind the scenes at the White House Medical Unit during former President Donald Trump's administration. 

According to USA Today, the White House Medical Unit was found to have "improperly distributed prescription and non-prescription drugs."

Several issues were discovered in the IG's investigation, including a claim that controlled substances were dispensed to some individuals without proper records.

Those substances were sometimes dispensed to staff members who were reportedly "ineligible" to receive the medications.

USA Today noted:

The unit, which is comprised of multiple clinics in the D.C. area and overseen by the Defense Department, also misused department funds by dispensing brand-name drugs instead of generic equivalents.

The IG's report said, "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."

The report noted that "records for the Schedule II drugs like fentanyl, morphine, hydrocodone and oxycodone" were kept in the same file as regular records. Federal regulations require records of Schedule II drugs to be separate.

USA Today added:

Much of the mishandled medication and records occurred because officials did not consider their operations to be a pharmacy, the report concluded. Medications were kept and dispensed behind a door that read "pharmacy," and pill bottles with the unit's logo contained the medications.

Overall, the report concluded that there was clearly a lack of oversight of the White House Medical Unit and the disorganization led to the bad record-keeping and dispensing of drugs that shouldn't have been dispensed in some cases.

The report added that workers in the unit operated "in the gray."

"We found that the White House Medical Unit maintained historical patient eligibility practices that did not follow DoD guidelines," the report noted. "One former White House Medical Unit medical provider stated that the unit worked 'in the gray ... helping anybody who needs help to get this mission done.'"

Social media users reacted to the news.

"Curious How exactly did they find this out before finding who brought Cocaine into one of the most secure (Cameras everywhere) buildings in the Country?" one X user wrote.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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