The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, has resigned amid questions over her investments in tobacco and pharmaceutical companies.
Earlier this week, Politico reported that Fitzgerald purchased stock in a tobacco company one month after becoming CDC director. The tobacco stock was one of a dozen new investments that she bought after becoming director. She also purchased shares of drug companies Merck and Bayer and health insurer Humana.
Other investments prevented her from testifying before Congress on issues like cancer prevention and opioid addiction.
In a statement, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says Fitzgerald’s complex financial interests "imposed a broad recusal limiting her ability to complete all her duties as CDC director.”
Fitzgerald led Georgia’s Department of Public Health before former HHS secretary Tom Price appointed her to lead the CDC in July of last year.