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by Karen Andersen, CFA

Bulls Say

Gilead markets the three single-tablet regimens for HIV: Atripla, Stribild, and Complera. Once-daily dosing greatly increases patient compliance and reduces the risk of drug resistance.
Guidelines that aim to improve diagnosis and treatment rates provide strong tailwinds for growth in the HIV and hepatitis C markets.
With the approval of Sovaldi and Harvoni, Gilead is the market leader in all-oral hepatitis C treatments. None of Gilead's competitors have other proven nucleotide analogs approaching the market, making the $11 billion acquisition of Pharmasset look like a bargain. Read more 

Bears Say

Gilead's HIV franchise historically provided three fourths of sales. Heavy dependence on tenofovir, which loses exclusivity in 2018, puts pressure on Gilead's hepatitis C portfolio to support long-term growth.
Pricing pressure and reduced willingness to pay for convenience could weigh on Gilead's growth. Atripla will become a formidable generic competitor to Gilead's newer HIV products by 2021, and competing hepatitis C regimens are giving PBMs the ability to negotiate aggressively.
Ongoing litigation with Merck and AbbVie could shave off some of Gilead's Sovaldi profits. Read more 


We assign Gilead exemplary marks for stewardship based on its moat-building investment strategies, good allocation of capital, and superior board independence and qualifications. Gilead has made several acquisitions and collaborative deals over the   Read more 


Gilead Sciences develops and markets therapies to treat life-threatening infectious diseases, with the core of its portfolio focused on HIV and hepatitis B and C. The acquisitions   Read more 

Gilead's Shot in the Arm 
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