Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):   January 25, 2011

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware 0-19731 94-3047598
(State or other jurisdiction
(I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation) File Number) Identification No.)
333 Lakeside Drive, Foster City, California   94404
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:   650-574-3000

Not Applicable
Former name or former address, if changed since last report


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Item 8.01 Other Events.

On January 25, 2011, Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Gilead) announced that Gilead’s Board of Directors (the Board) has authorized the repurchase of up to $5.0 billion of Gilead’s common stock through open market and private block transactions pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 plans or privately negotiated purchases or other means, including accelerated stock repurchase transactions or similar arrangements. This repurchase plan will commence on the date that the $5.0 billion stock repurchase program authorized by the Board in May 2010 is completed and end on the third anniversary thereafter.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

    Gilead Sciences, Inc.
January 25, 2011   By:   /s/ Robin L. Washington
        Name: Robin L. Washington
        Title: Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer