Alex Azar

  • Covid-19 Mar 8

    Official: White House Overruled Plan That Recommended Seniors Not to Fly

    Official: White House overruled health officials on recommendation concerning commercial air travel.

  • coronavirus Feb 27

    Pence Tries to Project Calm as Virus Response Coordinator

    Vice President Mike Pence is trying to help calm a jittery public and shaken financial markets in his new role as chief of the government’s response to the coronavirus.

  • coronavirus Feb 26

    US Braces for More Coronavirus Cases

    Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar says the immediate risk of COVID-19 to Americans is low but we need to be ready for that to change quickly.

  • coronavirus Jan 28

    HHS Announces Travel Advisory, Vaccine Development in Coronavirus Response 

    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar addressed the media on Tuesday to provide an update on his agency’s response to the latest Coronavirus outbreak. Director of NIAID, Anthony Fauci, M.D., joined the secretary to provide an update on his group’s work in developing a vaccine for the virus.

  • vaping Jan 2

    Trump Plan to Curb Teen Vaping Exempts Some Flavors

    U.S. health officials will ban most flavored e-cigarettes popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-emitting devices....


    The Trump administration announced Thursday that it will prohibit fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavors from small, cartridge-based e-cigarettes that are popular with high school students. But menthol and tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 22, 2019

    More Choices and Stable Premiums for ‘Obamacare’ Next Year

    Consumers will have more health insurance choices next year under the much-debated Obama health care law and premiums will dip slightly for many, the Trump administration announced Tuesday. President Donald Trump was elected on a promise to repeal “Obamacare.” But despite his repeated efforts the program has stabilized three years into his administration. That may be short-lived. The administration is...

  • Trump administration Sep 26, 2019

    Health Officials: It’s Time to Give Flu Vaccine Another Shot

    The flu forecast is cloudy and it’s too soon to know if the U.S. is in for a third miserable season in a row, but health officials said Thursday not to delay vaccination. While the vaccine didn’t offer much protection the past two years, specialists have fine-tuned the recipe in hopes it will better counter a nasty strain this time...

  • Associated Press Sep 22, 2019

    UN Agency: Tanzania Not Sharing Details on Ebola-Like Cases

    The World Health Organization has issued an unusual statement raising questions about whether Tanzania is covering up possible cases of the deadly Ebola virus, a significant cause for concern during a regional outbreak that has been declared a rare global health emergency. The statement Saturday says Tanzania’s government “despite several requests” is refusing to share the results of its investigations...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jul 31, 2019

    US to Set Up Plan Allowing Prescription Meds From Canada

    The Trump administration said Wednesday it will create a way for Americans to legally and safely import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada for the first time, reversing years of refusals by health authorities amid a public outcry over high prices for life-sustaining medications. The move is a step toward fulfilling a 2016 campaign promise by President Donald Trump, and it...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jun 24, 2019

    Trump Order Aims to Disclose ‘Real’ Costs for Health Care

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to keep costs down . The idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to help save money. For example, if a hospital charges your insurer $3,500 for a type of echocardiogram and the...

  • California Jun 20, 2019

    Appeals Court Allows Trump Abortion Rules to Take Effect

    New Trump administration rules imposing additional hurdles for women seeking abortions can take effect while the government appeals decisions that blocked them, a federal appeals court said Thursday. The rules ban taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals and prohibit clinics that receive federal money from sharing office space with abortion providers — a rule critics said would force many to...

  • CONGRESS Jun 13, 2019

    Premature Baby Found in Texas Border Patrol Facility

    Advocates were shocked to find a teenage mom and her premature newborn daughter huddled in a Border Patrol facility in what they say was another example of the poor treatment immigrants receive.

  • DONALD TRUMP Mar 5, 2019

    FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb Steps Down After Nearly 2 Years

    Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is stepping down after nearly two years leading the agency’s response to a host of public health challenges, including the opioid epidemic, rising drug prices and underage vaping. Gottlieb cited “the challenge of being apart from my family” in Connecticut when announcing his departure Tuesday in a note to FDA staff. He’ll leave...

  • DONALD TRUMP Feb 6, 2019

    Trump Plan to Stop HIV Epidemic Targets High-Infection Areas

    President Donald Trump is launching a campaign to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030, targeting areas where new infections happen and getting highly effective drugs to people at risk. Briefing reporters ahead of Trump’s State of the Union speech, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and senior public health officials said the campaign relies on...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jan 10, 2019

    Liberals Dare Trump to Back Their Bills Lowering Drug Prices

    Challenging the Trump administration on a high-profile consumer issue, leading congressional liberals plan to unveil a package of bills Thursday designed to radically reduce what Americans pay for prescription drugs by linking prices to lower costs in other countries. The legislation has little chance of becoming law under a divided government, but it could put Republicans on the defensive by...

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 28, 2018

    From Barron to Casseroles, First Lady Opens Up on Life in the White House

    First lady Melania Trump opened up a bit Wednesday about life in the Trump White House, where 12-year-old Barron is more interested in sports than social media, she has no inclination to make casseroles and she thinks the red topiary trees work just fine as part of her holiday decor. Mrs. Trump spoke at a forum at Liberty University in...

  • CEO Nov 15, 2018

    FDA Restricts Sales of Most Flavored E-Cigarettes to Curb ‘Astonishing’ Surge in Teen Vaping, Pursues Menthol Ban

    The Food and Drug Administration will restrict sales of most flavored e-cigarettes to age-restricted stores and pursue bans on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigarettes as it tries to control what Commissioner Scott Gottlieb describes as an “astonishing” surge in teen e-cigarette use that is reversing years of progress in fighting youth tobacco addiction. Gottlieb in a statement Thursday outlined a...

  • DONALD TRUMP Nov 2, 2018

    Heroin, Fentanyl Remain Biggest Drug Threat to US, Feds Say

    Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Most of that was the result of a record number of opioid-related deaths. Preliminary figures show more than 72,000 people died in 2017 from drug overdoses across...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 26, 2018

    Trump: New Proposal Will Lower Some US Drug Prices

    Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a plan to lower prices for some prescription drugs, saying it would stop unfair practices that force Americans to pay much more than people in other countries for the same medications. “We are taking aim at the global freeloading that forces American consumers to subsidize lower...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 24, 2018

    Trump Signs Bipartisan Measure to Confront Opioid Crisis

    President Donald Trump pledged on Wednesday to put an “extremely big dent” in the scourge of drug addiction in America as he signed legislation intended to help tackle the opioid crisis, the deadliest epidemic of overdoses in the country’s history. Nearly 48,000 people died last year from overdoses involving opioids. Overall, U.S. drug overdose deaths have started to level off,...

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