Rep. Ellison To HHS: Why Did You Hire CVS Caremark Vice President Daniel Best to Lead Drug Pricing Reform?
Mr. Best worked for drugmaker Pfizer before joining CVS Caremark
WASHINGTON — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) today sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting an explanation of the decision to hire CVS Caremark Vice President Daniel Best to lead the agency’s drug pricing reform effort.
“Given Mr. Best’s career working for the pharmaceutical and pharmacy industry, the decision to hire him poses significant potential for conflicts of interest, placing him in position to make decisions that may pit the income of his former employers against the interests of seniors in reducing prescription drug prices,” the letter reads. "These ties raise questions about his ability to create fair and consumer-friendly policies to rein in rising drug costs.”
Rep. Ellison requested a response by April 26th to a series of questions, including, “What measures will Mr. Best take to ensure his conflicts of interest do not affect his charge to help lower prescription drug prices?” and “Will Mr. Best recuse himself from all decisions that affect Pfizer or CVS Caremark?”