Actavis CEO looking to partner on biosimilars; GSK chief Witty cites EC interest in antibiotic support;

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> Actavis CEO Claudio Albrecht tells Reuters that it's looking for a partner to develop biosimilars for emerging markets. And the company may start marketing biosimilars in countries where trials won't be required. "The generic model as we knew it is dying as we speak," Albrecht said. "You can't do it the old way." Report

> GSK's Andrew Witty tells reporters that it appears that the EC is serious about offering support for the development of new antibiotics. Pharma companies--with the exception of GSK--largely exited the field due to slim margins, leaving a dearth of new products to face a growing tide of drug-resistant super bugs. And a number of developers have been seeking additional support on both sides of the Atlantic to meet the growing health threat. Story

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