For­mer drug com­pany ex­ec­u­tive is sworn in as sec­re­tary of health

Austin American-Statesman - - BALANCED VIEWS - By Ken Thomas

Alex Azarhas been sworn in as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s sec­ond health sec­re­tary.

The for­mer drug com­pany ex­ec­u­tive and of­fi­cial in Ge­orge W. Bush’s ad­min­is­tra­tion suc­ceeds for­mer Repub­li­can Ge­or­gia con­gress­man Tom Price, who re­signed last fall fol­low­ing an out­cry over his use of costly pri­vate char­ter air­craft for of­fi­cial travel.

Azar’s nom­i­na­tion as sec­re­tary of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices was ap­proved by the Se­nate last week, largely along party lines.

Azar has said his pri­or­i­ties in­clude curb­ing the cost of pre­scrip­tion drugs, mak­ing health in­surance more af­ford­able and avail­able, and con­fronting the na­tional opi­oid ad­dic­tion epi­demic.

Trump says, “He’s go­ing to get those pre­scrip­tion drug prices way down.”

Azar spent a decade at In­di­anapo­lis-based drug­maker Eli Lilly and Co.

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