Trump names former drug exec as new health secretary

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive be his Health and Human Services secretary.

If confirmed by the Senate, Alex Azar will oversee a $1-trillion department responsible for major health insurance programs, medical research, food and drug safety, and public health.

The nomination is unusual because HHS secretaries often tended to come from the ranks of elected officials, and not industries regulated by the agency.

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