Azar takes over at HHS

President Trump said prescription drug prices will come “rocketing down” under the leadership of Alex Azar, who was sworn in on Monday as the new head of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“We have to get the prices of prescription drugs way down and unravel the tangled web of special interest that are driving prices up for medicine and for really hurting patients,” Trump said at a ceremony honoring Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive and HHS official.

Azar replaces former HHS Secretary Tom Price, who resigned in September after coming under fire for traveling on chartered and military aircraft.

“As our new secretary, Alex will continue to implement the administrative and regulatory changes needed to ensure that our citizens get the affordable high quality care that they deserve,” Trump said at the White House.

Azar will also be charged with curbing the opioid crisis, Trump added.

“I think we’re going to be very tough on the drug companies in that regard and very tough on doctors in that regard,” he said.

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