Former Eli Lily exec Alex Azar rumoured to be selected for HHS secretary post

By Catherine Sturman
It has been reported that President Donald Trump is set to appoint former Eli Lily exec Alex Azar to lead the US Department of Health (DoH) and Human Se...

It has been reported that President Donald Trump is set to appoint former Eli Lily exec Alex Azar to lead the US Department of Health (DoH) and Human Services.

Serving as President of Lilly USA LLC from 2012 up to the beginning of 2017 and producing over $8.5bn in revenue, Azar has extensive experience in governmental affairs surrounding the US healthcare sector in both the public and private sector.

Additionally, for two years he has worked as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), under President Bush, but has also gained in-depth knowledge and international experience surrounding the pharmaceutical and medical field throughout his career.

Related stories

A lawyer by training, Azar is a strong candidate for the role, where he would be responsible for the transformation of the US’ healthcare systems following Trump’s dismantling of Obamacare and ambitions to try and revise the terms surrounding the Affordable Care Act for US citizens. He would take over from previous secretary Tom Price’s resignation.

George W. Bush’s HHS secretary Michael Leavitt informed Bloomberg: “He understands health care, he understands the regulatory process, and he’s skilled in his management. He’d be an able pilot.”

Azar’s knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry will prove vital surrounding the delivery of healthcare for US citizens, the pricing of branded and non-prescription drugs and how the industry is set to transform its service delivery in the face of rising competition and the digitisation of traditional processes.

Image credits

Share
Share

Featured Articles

Philip Morris International (PMI) in agreement with KT&G

PMI and KT&G are building a smoke-free world. In a new agreement between the two companies, smoke-free alternatives are within reach for smokers

Health tech leader Philips shares sustainability ambition

Roy Jakobs, Royal Philips CEO, says the health technology company’s sustainability impact plan will ‘enhance accountability & strengthen talent’

Automating gene therapy & pharma discovery at Automata

Sonia Jassi, Drug Discovery & Synthetic Biology Lead at Automata, explains how automation increases efficiency in gene therapy laboratories

Itai Hayut, CEO of Scopio Labs, on AI & blood cancer

Technology & AI

2023 predictions with Harshit Jain, global CEO of Doceree

Telehealth & COVID-19

Wolters Kluwer Health: health equity and telehealth

Telehealth & COVID-19