February 4, 2014

Gilead Sciences' CEO Discusses Q4 2013 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

These are two very interesting excerpts from todays Earnings Conference Call. There was a lot of talk about Sovaldi as well other HCV drugs in trials. I have pulled 2 very interestiong quoted pieces from the call, the first concerning European pricing and the second concerning new Research and Development (R&D). I would encourage everyone to go to read the entire transcript which is available at Seeking Alpha. It is very informative as well as enlightening.

“I would like to talk a little bit about the rest of the pricing for Europe. We have now listed our price in the U.K. The price in the U.K. is almost UK35,000, so that’s about $57,000. And I think, as a benchmark for the majority of Europe, that would be a good price point for you going forward. So I’ll say that again. About UK35,000, this is the 12-week course of treatment, or about $57,000.

And I also mentioned the German pricing. The German pricing is almost EUR49,000, or $66,000. So Germany typically is a little bit higher. And my final comment on European pricing is just to say that these are significant differences to the telaprevir pricing. And the [unintelligible] that we’ve taken for Sovaldi, we believe, is very justified according to cost effectiveness data, and the premium is very comparable to the premium that we took on Sovaldi versus the original price of telaprevir in the United States.”


“Thanks for asking an R&D question. I thought I was going to escape this call without having been asked one single question. So thank you very much. As you know, we have now succeeded with our ledipasvir/sofosbuvir fixed dose combination to actually incredibly shorten treatment duration to 8 weeks and 12 weeks and Sovaldi treatment experience with response rates that go up to 95% or higher.

But we’re not stopping there. This is, of course, for genotype 1. We have another fixed dose combination in development, 5816 combined with sofosbuvir. You will see some of those early data at EASL, and we’re still waiting for the treatment experienced cirrhotic genotype 3 cohort to make a decision or to feel really comfortable going into Phase III.

And then finally, as you know, we have efforts underway to shorten the treatment duration even further, to six weeks, by adding a third drug. So you know, all of those things are ongoing, and I think we will be competitive with our, you know, you can’t really do much more than having one single pill, once daily. Very safe, very well tolerated tablet, given for eight weeks and achieving response rates of 95%.”

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