Trump Picks Former Drug Company Executive to Lead HHS

A former drug company executive has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the new U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary.

Alex Azar, 50, spent the last 10 years with Eli Lilly. He was president of the company's key U.S. affiliate before leaving and starting his own consulting firm in January, the Associated Press reported.

Azar needs to be confirmed by the Senate before taking control of the HHS, which is responsible for food and drug safety, medical research, public health and health insurance programs.

Typically, HHS secretaries are former elected officials such as governors, not former executives of industries regulated by the department, the AP reported.

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