November 13, 2017
President Trump announces a former pharmaceutical executive to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.
In a Monday morning Twitter post, the president said he is nominating Alex Azar, adding that he will be “a star for better health care and lower drug prices.”
The president has committed to putting additional pressure on pharmaceutical companies to lower their drug prices.
Azar previously worked as Health and Human Services deputy secretary from 2005 to 2007 under President George W. Bush, and also served as the head of pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly’s U.S. division until January.
He has been an outspoken critic of Obamacare, blaming it for weakening America’s health care system.
The president’s pick comes after former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned over his use of private jets for official travel.