Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar yesterday named former CVS Health executive Daniel Best as his senior advisor on drug pricing reform, and Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir, M.D., as his senior advisor on mental health and opioid policy. Best most recently served as corporate vice president of industry relations for CVS Health’s Medicare Part D business and before that spend 12 years at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Giroir will coordinate the agency’s efforts across the administration to fight the opioid crisis, in addition to his duties as assistant secretary for health. “Under President Trump, HHS has an historic opportunity to confront a number of America’s pressing health challenges, including the high price of prescription drugs and our country’s opioid crisis,” Azar said. “These leaders will play a unique role at HHS in driving coordination and results on these vital issues.”

Related News Articles

Headline
To encourage drug companies to seek approval for over-the-counter versions of naloxone, an emergency treatment for opioid overdose, the Food and Drug…
Headline
Patients in the most rural counties had an 87 percent greater chance of receiving an opioid prescription from their primary care provider between January 2014…
Insights and Analysis
Kathleen Hackett, R.N., a nurse at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies…
Insights and Analysis
Also in this roundup of nursing news: two nurses save the life of a man struck by an SUV; and executive moves in the field.
Headline
Derrick Jones, CEO of Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M., will serve as 2019 chair of the AHA's Section for Long-Term Care and…
Headline
Continued rising drug prices, as well as shortages for many critical medications, are disrupting patient care and forcing hospitals to delay infrastructure and…