How Gilead Sciences, Inc. Could Push Back on Sovaldi Pricing

On Tuesday's edition of Market Checkup, Motley Fool health-care analyst David Williamson looks at the biggest winners and losers in health-care stocks today.

With Gilead's miraculous new hepatitis C treatment Sovaldi boasting a 90% cure rate, but an $84,000 price tag for the 12-week treatment, several protests have been staged against the prohibitively expensive price point. Now, pharmacy benefit managers led by Express Scripts , CVS Caremark , and Catamaran are also reported to be pushing back against Sovaldi's price tag.

In this segment, David discusses the vast superiorities Gilead's drug offers over the previous treatment, and tells investors why the protestors may not have much leverage here and the price point will probably hold.

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