The Type 1 Diabetes Defense Foundation has reached out to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the U.S. Senate H.E.L.P. Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Democratic Member, and other members of the HELP Committee, in anticipation of the full committee hearing scheduled for November 29 on the nomination of Alex Azar to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
T1DF has asked committee members, on behalf of their constituents with type 1 and other insulin dependent diabetes, to consider with all serious deliberation whether Alex Azar is the right choice to solve America’s current drug-pricing crisis.
The Type 1 Diabetes Defense Foundation is deeply concerned by the nomination of Alex Azar to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Over the years Mr. Azar has cultivated a public persona as an advocate of efficient market solutions and consumer empowerment. Yet as president of Lilly USA, he also demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice patient welfare in order to claim and retain for Lilly market domination in diabetes drugs. We are skeptical that an Azar-led HHS would deliver the most meaningful solution: downward pressure on list prices via regulatory enforcement of point-of-sale consumer protections, including transparency on net drug cost to insurance plans.Read More