Trump turns to drug in­dus­try for his new health sec­re­tary

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON » Turn­ing to an in­dus­try he’s re­buked, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Mon­day picked a for­mer top phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and gov­ern­ment ex­ec­u­tive to be his health sec­re­tary.

If con­firmed, Alex Azar would over­see a $1 tril­lion depart­ment re­spon­si­ble for ma­jor health in­sur­ance pro­grams, in­clud­ing “Oba­macare,” as well as med­i­cal re­search, food and drug safety, and pub­lic health.

The nom­i­na­tion of Azar is un­usual be­cause Health and Hu­man Ser­vices sec­re­taries have come from the ranks of elected of­fi­cials such as gov­er­nors and lead­ers in academia and medicine, not in­dus­tries reg­u­lated by the depart­ment.

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

Azar, 50, a lawyer by train­ing, has spent most of the last 10 years with phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal gi­ant Eli Lilly, ris­ing to pres­i­dent of its key U.S. af­fil­i­ate be­fore leav­ing in Jan­uary to start his own con­sult­ing firm.

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