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November 24, 2017

White House nominates former pharma exec Alex Azar as new HHS secretary


White House nominates former pharma exec Alex Azar as new HHS secretary

WASHINGTON —The White House has nominated Alex Azar as the country’s new Health and Human…


The White House has nominated Alex Azar as the country’s new Health and Human Services Secretary, nearly eight weeks after former HHS Secretary Tom Price’s resignation.

Trump announced the move in a tweet Monday morning.

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“Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next HHS Secretary. He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices,” the president said.

If confirmed by the Senate, Azar will oversee a $1-trillion department responsible for major health insurance programs, medical research, food and drug safety, and public health.

Azar served as deputy HHS secretary from 2005-2007 under President George W. Bush. Since his departure from the Bush administration, Azar worked for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly for 10 years, eventually rising to president of its key U.S. affiliate before leaving in January to start his own consulting firm.

Eric Hargan has served as acting HHS secretary since Price’s Sept. 29 resignation amid questions over his use of private planes. Price used private charter flights on at least 10 trips with multiple segments, when in many cases cheaper commercial flights were available. Politico reported the total cost of the flights was over $1 million.

Price’s 231 day tenure is one of the shortest in American political history. Prior to serving in the Trump administration, Price was a U.S. representatives from Georgia’s 6th congressional district from 2005-2017.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Source: White House nominates former pharma exec Alex Azar as new HHS secretary

White House nominates former pharma exec Alex Azar as new HHS secretary


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