Pharma big for top health post

New York Daily News - - NEWS - Christo­pher Bren­nan

PRES­I­DENT TRUMP has cho­sen a for­mer phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal ex­ec­u­tive to head the coun­try’s health care sys­tem.

Trump an­nounced Mon­day on Twit­ter that he had picked Alex Azar to be­come health and hu­man ser­vices sec­re­tary af­ter the scan­dal-in­duced de­par­ture of Tom Price.

“He will be a star for bet­ter health­care and lower drug prices!” Trump said.

A 50-year-old Yale-ed­u­cated lawyer, Azar served in the Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices un­der the Ge­orge W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion, when he was the agency’s gen­eral counsel and deputy sec­re­tary. Azar left gov­ern­ment in 2007 to work for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal giant Eli Lilly and Co., whose lo­ca­tion in In­di­ana led to health care work with the state’s then-Gov. Mike Pence, Politico re­ported.

Azar started his own con­sult­ing com­pany ear­lier this year.

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