According to the CEO of Gilead “the approval of a drug is the culmination of many years of hard work… supported throughout by major investments with no guarantee of return”. However, in Gilead’s case, that’s an outright lie. Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY:Gilead, which recently acquired Kite Pharma in an all cash deal, said the list price for Yescarta, which is to be administered just once to each patient, would be $373,000. The cost is supposed to make us feel good because the price is well below that of the first drug in this new class such as $475,000 for Novartis’s Kymriah.
KEY TAKEAWAY: Pharma companies aren’t monolithic buildings up on a hill; they are made up of people who determine pricing and policies. How do you think the people at Gilead feel when they read that their company put profit ahead of patients? Continue reading