Senate Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing for HHS Secretary Nominee Alex Azar

HeadlineJan 09, 2018
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President Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services is slated to appear before the Senate Finance Committee for his confirmation hearing today. Alex Azar is a former executive of the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly. President Trump nominated Azar to head the Health and Human Services Department after Trump’s former pick, Tom Price, resigned from the position amid a scandal over his use of military and private charter flights, which cost taxpayers up to $1 million. On Monday, Politico reported that when Alex Azar the former president of Eli Lilly’s U.S. operations, the company tested the company’s highly profitable erectile dysfunction drug Cialis on children, in efforts to extend a patent that was soon to expire. Critics say Azar helped the company game the patent system, testing a sex drug on children in order to extend their profits.

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