Trump Announces New HHS Secretary On Twitter

Alex Azar in 2006.    
   Evan Vucci  Associated Press

Alex Azar in 2006. Evan Vucci Associated Press

President Donald Trump is nominating former pharmaceutical and government executive Alex Azar to be his second secretary of health and human services.

While at Lilly, Azar served on the board of directors for BIO, a drug lobby, according to Politico.

"Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next HHS Secretary", Trump said in a tweet Monday during his tour of several Asian countries.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R), flanked by Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price, delivers remarks during an opioid-related briefing at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., August 8, 2017.

He has worked closely with Eric Hargan, who was recently confirmed as Trump's deputy HHS secretary and has been acting secretary since Price's September 29 departure. But so far, critics contend the Trump Administration's actions and proposals have only favored the industry.

Cowen analyst Eric Assaraf, for his part, wrote in a note seen by Business Insider that even though "Trump specifically called out lowering drug prices in his announcement of Azar, we don't believe his appointment will mark a change in course in that realm".

Azar served as a partner at one of the largest law firms in Washington, D.C., Wiley Rein, for five years.

Azar went on to join pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, eventually heading its operations from 2012 until this past January.

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