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NCPA Statement on Nomination of Alex Azar to Be HHS Secretary

by NCPA | Nov 13, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Nov. 13, 2017) — National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey, Pharmacist, MBA, issued the following statement on President Donald Trump's nomination of Alex Azar, a former executive at Eli Lilly & Co., to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

"We congratulate Alex Azar on his nomination to be the next HHS Secretary. His background in the pharmaceutical industry means he brings an understanding of supply chain issues and players that will be helpful to him in this role.

"We look forward to sharing independent community pharmacists' insights about how to make the system more transparent, increase patient access to prescription drugs, and reduce health care spending and drive better health outcomes in the process.

"NCPA and the 22,000 independent community pharmacies it represents will continue to push for common-sense, market-based, bipartisan reforms in the delivery of critical prescription medications and health care services to Americans."


The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent an $80 billion health care marketplace and employ more than 250,000 individuals on a full- or part-time basis. To learn more, go to, visit, or follow NCPA on Twitter @Commpharmacy.