Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Trump announces pick for new Health and Human Services secretary on Twitter

Trump announces pick for new Health and Human Services secretary on Twitter

President of Public Citizen, Weissman said today: "Just weeks after denouncing "out-of-control" prescription prices, President Donald Trump shows he doesn't mean it by nominating a former pharmaceutical company executive to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services".

Azar's nomination comes a little more than a month after the resignation of HHS Secretary Tom Price.

Azar worked at Eli Lilly for a decade, including five years as president of its USA affiliate Lilly USA unit, and left the company in January, according to his LinkedIn page. Democrats and other critics are likely to raise questions about the administration's seriousness about lowering drug prices with a former industry executive leading such a charge.

"This is a slap in the face to millions of Americans who are waiting on (the President) to take action to lower drug prices", Cummings wrote on Twitter. The complexity of pharmaceutical pricing has thwarted legislation to lower drug prices. His supporters say that Azar's understanding of the complicated dynamics behind pharmaceuticals pricing will give him an advantage in figuring out how to make drugs more affordable.

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Republicans were supportive with Senate health committee head Lamar Alexander of Tennessee describing Azar as a qualified, experienced nominee.

"I will carefully review Mr. Azar's nomination for this critically important position", said Donnelly in a statement.

Currently, Azar is the chairman and founder of Seraphim Strategies, which provides strategic consulting and counsel on biopharmaceutical and health insurance industries. "He had full responsibility as deputy secretary for the regulatory processes at HHS".

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