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Trump Chooses Alex Azar for Health and Human Services Secretary

14 November 2017, 12:45 | Terri Saunders

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On Nov. 13, President Trump nominated Alex Azar as secretary of Health and Human Services, a role that was vacated after Tom Price resigned in late September after it was reported that he spent $1 million of taxpayers' dollars on private air travel while on the job.

Azar is a former pharmaceutical executive and worked for top company Eli Lilly for almost a decade, becoming president of Lilly USA in 2011.

'Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next Secretary, ' Trump tweeted Monday from the Philippines.

It's unclear what thoughts, if any, Azar has on tobacco.

The White House just named Alex Azar as its new nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Trump said Mr. Azar would be "a star and lower drug prices!" He's seen as an expert on government health care regulation.

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In making the pick, Trump turned to an industry's he's rebuked. Now he would have to scrupulously avoid conflicts with Lilly's far-reaching interests, from drug approval to Medicare reimbursement. The drugmaker has drawn criticism from patient advocacy groups for price increases to one of its biggest products: insulin.

Azar's nominations to HHS in the Bush era sailed through the Senate.

"The Trump administration's track record on health care to date is objectively abysmal", said Sen.

Trump has been a sharp critic of the industry.

"'The drug companies, frankly, are getting away with murder, and we want to bring our prices down to what other countries are paying, or at least close and let the other countries pay more", the president told reporters gathered in the Cabinet Room, ' Trump said then.



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