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Ex-pharma executive Alex Azar to lead HHS Department

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Howard Terry | 14 November, 2017, 00:55

US President Donald Trump has nominated a former pharmaceutical executive to serve as his next health secretary.

Azar worked as HHS deputy secretary from 2005 to 2007 under President George W. Bush.

Azar is a former pharmaceutical executive and worked for top company Eli Lilly for almost a decade, becoming president of Lilly USA in 2011.

The sharp, Yale educated attorney did not have a rep for slashing drug prices at Lilly, which he left during a big executive reshuffle after Dave Ricks grabbed the CEO's job.

In making the pick, Trump turned to an industry's he's rebuked. He's also seen as an expert on government health care regulation. Now he would have to scrupulously avoid conflicts with Lilly's far-reaching interests, from drug approval to Medicare reimbursement.

Azar has served on the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, a drug industry lobby, for several years, and his nomination would raise questions about the administration's seriousness about lowering drug prices.

"There will be a piece of legislation passes this year that is called 'the repeal of Obamacare, ' " Azar said.

"It's time to turn over a new leaf at HHS", said Sen. Prices are "out of control" and "have gone through the roof", Trump said.

Azar previously worked at the department as deputy secretary under President George W. Bush before joining the pharmaceutical industry.

Azar needs 51 votes for confirmation. Once in office, Gottlieb pushed efforts to lower drug prices by reworking FDA drug reviews to increase competition.

If confirmed, Azar would be Trump's second HHS secretary, replacing former Georgia congressman Tom Price, who stepped down after just seven months, when his use of private charter planes for government travel created a public controversy that displeased the president.

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