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Pfizer Will Review Cholesterol Drug Category To Gauge Longevity Of Slowdown

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Pfizer's annual financial analysis will include a review of the cholesterol-lowering drug market to determine if a more than 50% drop in new prescription growth rates in the third quarter is a short-term or long-term effect, CEO Hank McKinnell said

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