Trump nominates pharma insider Azar to lead HHS

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Alex Azar TrumpThe Trump administration today nominated Alex Azar, who spent nearly 10 years at Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY) after working in the second Bush administration, as secretary of the U.S. Health & Human Services Dept.

The former HHS head, Dr. Tom Price, resigned in September after days of fending off criticism over chartered flights he took on the public dime. Price racked up roughly $1 million in private and government air travel in just seven months, according to Politico.

“It’s a great pick for where the agency is right now,” Lanhee Chen, who worked with Azar on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, told the website. “I don’t think anybody can question his credentials from an experience perspective.”

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