Pharma big for top health post
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.