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Gilead Sciences (GILD) won FDA approval of a CAR-T treatment for advanced lymphoma, only the second such medicine approved in the U.S., STAT says. The endorsement validates the $11 billion bet Gilead made recently by buying Kite Pharma, which developed the drug, but also accelerates debate about drug costs, since Gilead will charge $373,000 for a one-time dose for Yescarta. Nonetheless, the approval helps Gilead diversify, which investors have demanded.

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