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Why is Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD) Stock down?

22 Jan, 2024:

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD) stock dropped by 10.15% due to disappointing results from a late-stage clinical trial of one of its promising cancer drugs. This downturn occurred even as the broader stock market, represented by the S&P 500 index, saw a positive day with a 0.3% increase.

  • Trodelvy Fails to Meet Primary Endpoint: The trial in question was a late-stage study for Trodelvy, an already approved cancer medication. Gilead had aimed to expand its FDA approval to include patients with advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who had previously received platinum-based chemotherapy and checkpoint inhibitor therapy. Unfortunately, Trodelvy did not meet its primary endpoint of overall survival (OS) for the treated patients.
  • Bright Spot Amid Disappointment: Although the primary endpoint was not met, Gilead noted that there was a numerical improvement in OS favoring Trodelvy in the study, including among patients with both squamous and non-squamous histology. NSCLC is the most common type of lung cancer, making these results a setback for a substantial patient population. Gilead's chief medical officer, Merdad Parsey, emphasized the company's commitment to identifying metastatic NSCLC patients who could still benefit from Trodelvy.
  • Gilead's Ambitious Investment in Trodelvy: Gilead Sciences had high hopes for Trodelvy, considering it a valuable asset following its ** $21 billion** acquisition of Immunomedics in 2020. Despite the recent stock sell-off, the company remains ambitious about the potential of this cancer drug. Gilead intends to explore other investigational avenues for the drug's development, indicating that Monday's investor reaction may have been somewhat overblown. Investors who are bullish on Gilead's long-term prospects may find it worthwhile to hold onto their stock.
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