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After running Pfizer (PFE) for the past eight years, Ian Read will step aside as chief executive officer on Jan. 1, 2019, and will be succeeded by Dr. Albert Bourla, who is currently chief operating officer, STAT writes. The drug maker, which has been facing pressure to boost sales amid debate over pricing, says the move was part of a planned transition begun last year. Bourla will take over just as Pfizer will lose U.S. patent protection on the Lyrica painkiller, its biggest-selling drug, which generated $3.9 billion in global sales in 2017, which included $3.5 billion in revenue in the U.S.

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