Gilead's stock price (IMO) is suffering from a case of 'bad math'. In the US alone, there are 3.5 million with Hep C - and the number is probably double that in all reality.
Currently, US health insurance companies are dropping like flies from the Obamacare exchanges, which means that although the rate of infection (thanks to, ignorance, an IV drug epidemic, and Gilead's current predatory pricing) is increasing, it is impossible to increase treatment numbers because the (cash) pipelines are quickly drying up. Add to that increasing competition in the HCV market from Gilead's big pharma competitors, and the writing is on the wall.
Just for fun - because it is unlikely to happen - lets say Gilead decided to lower the price of treatment to $100 a week for a 12 week course of treatment, from the current $7,830 a week, and the US government rolled out and HCV eradication program like it did with Polio and Smallpox eradication.
Dr Freeman has estimated the cost of making a full 12 week course of treatment at around $100. To keep the math simple, we'll use that number as our cost figure. Then imagine that at a profit of $1,100 per treatment, Gilead sold 7 million treatments in the US alone.
That's a return of 77 billion, on a what - $11 billion dollar investment? Gilead could scoop the competition, and completely capture the market.
Hell, if they could roll it out worldwide - that's easily 180 million times $1,100.
Just my humble opinion, but this will happen eventually. Don't know if the big phama bean counters read this blog, but if they do the answer to their profitability problems is all right there, as plain as the nose on their face.
Their problem is, they cant put their short sighted greed aside long enough to make their shareholders some real money!
Failed Interferon 96', G1a, VL = 9 - 5.5 Million, F3/A3, AST 111, ALT 190, Generic DAA treatment Sof/Led (Mylan - India MYHEP LVIR) - 8 June, 2016
2 Week Results 20 June, 2016 AST 19, ALT 32
4 Week Results 06 July, 2016 AST 22, ALT 30, VL = 35
6 Week Results 20, July 2016 VL only = HCV RNA Detected, Non-Quantifiable <15
8 Week Results 04 August 2016, Labs, LFTs Normal, VL = UND
12 Week Results 31 August, 2016 LFTs Normal, VL = UND
EOT + 4 Weeks, LFTs Normal, VL = UND, "SVR4"
SVR12, 21 Nov 2016. CURED!!!