Gilead Investors' Nightmare Scenario

This episode of The Motley Fool's Market Checkup is dedicated to the world's largest pure-play biotech stock, Gilead Sciences  (NASDAQ: GILD  ) . Market Checkup gives a full examination of Gilead's second-quarter results, takes a closer look at the company's current product portfolio, and analyzes the future drugs that have investors excited about the stock's future.

In this video, health-care analysts David Williamson and Max Macaluso drill down on Gilead's strong drug development pipeline. Watch and find out what makes pending hepatitis-C drug candidate sofosbuvir both so exciting and potentially dangerous for Gilead investors.

Sofosbuvir is a nucleotide inhibitor, and the only member of its hep-C drug class to make it through clinical trials without major safety issues. However, if a problem reared its head once the drug were on sale, it could have a devastating effect on Gilead shares. Watch David and Max discuss this "what-if" scenario in the video.

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  • Report this Comment On September 14, 2013, at 3:15 PM, boczernyk wrote:

    look into sofosbuvir & ECG irregular heartbeat exclusions. screening 4 the GILD hepC trials included an ECG. Also will say that GILD enrollees were best/ healthiest vs other trial sponsors. I ultimately got into ABBV non-cirrhotic naive, excluded from GILD?

  • Report this Comment On September 16, 2013, at 2:02 PM, RMax304823 wrote:

    Is GILD deliberately excluding subjects with irregular heartbeats? If so, it would be interesting to know why. Do they already have evidence that the hepC drug doesn't work with them, or that they have evidence that it's dangerous. If neither of these conditions prevail, then why are the patients being excluded?

    "Don't keep something secret if you have nothing to hide" is nonsense in politics, but it's the backbone of scientific research.

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