Gilead Maintains Optimistic Outlook For Yescarta Despite Slow Growth
Gilead projects roughly $200m in sales growth for its CAR-T product Yescarta, despite the drug’s modest $6m sequential growth during the fourth quarter. For 2019 overall sales, the company projects slight growth, if any.
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