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AHF Criticizes White House Appointment of Joe Grogan, Former Gilead Lobbyist, as Domestic Policy Advisor

January 23, 2019

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 22, 2019--The White House announced that U.S. President Donald Trump has appointed Joe Grogan to serve as Domestic Policy Adviser on his White House staff ( Politico 1/22/19). Grogan is a veteran of Washington’s revolving door phenomenon, having worked for the US government and the drug industry.

His resume includes stints at Health and Human Services Department (HHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the President’s Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS as well as work for and at pharmaceutical companies Amgen and Gilead Sciences. ( OpenSecrets.org )

Grogan joins the administration, which also includes former Eli Lilly executive HHS Secretary Alex Azar and former drug industry board member and current Food and Drug Administrator Scott Gottlieb, who served on the boards of eight pharmaceutical companies.

“The senior positions that former high-level drug industry executives now occupy in the Trump Administration is cause for worry and concern for anyone who wants to see progress on the dire crisis that obscene drug prices have created for the American people. Americans are dying because they can’t afford the medicine that the former employers of these officials are charging. We hope the recent appointment of this latest drug industry insider won’t prevent the President from delivering on his promise to hold bio and pharmaceutical companies accountable for the agony they have inflicted on patients who can’t afford their drugs to stay alive,” said AHF President Michael Weinstein.

About AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over one million people in 43 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare.

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CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACTS:

WASHINGTON

John Hassell, National Director of Advocacy, AHF

+1.202.774.4854 [cell]John.hassell@aidshealth.orgLOS ANGELES

Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF

+1.323.791.5526 [cell] +1.323.308.1833 [work]gedk@aidshealth.orgMarin Austin, Communications Director, AHF

+1.323.333.7754 cellmarin.austin@aidshealth.org

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH AIDS INFECTIOUS DISEASES PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE REFORM OTHER POLICY ISSUES PUBLIC POLICY WHITE HOUSE/FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

SOURCE: AIDS Healthcare Foundation

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