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Biden to tap California AG Xavier Becerra, price-fixing prosecutor and pay-for-delay critic, for top HHS job

Dec 07, 2020 - FiercePharma

When Alex Azar rose to become the top health official within the Trump administration, the pharma industry welcomed the appointment of a person with whom it has close ties. Drugmakers might not be quite so pleased with his potential successor.

In a sharp turn from the Trump administration and a surprise to many healthcare industry watchers, President-elect JoeBiden picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as his nominee for HHS secretary, according to multiple media reports.

Becerra, 62, served 12 terms in the House of Representatives before succeeding current Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to become California's 33rd attorney general in 2017. While Azar, a former Eli Lilly executive,is viewed as a friend to pharma, Becerra looks more like a critic...