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PAREXEL Consulting Releases New Study Data on Drug Development Timelines in Safety First Era

BOSTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PAREXEL Consulting, a business unit of PAREXEL International (Nasdaq: PRXL) and a leading global life sciences consultancy serving the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries, today released its second annual study on the state of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug review process. The PAREXEL Consulting analysis, contained in the new white paper entitled "The Innovation Imperative in the Safety First Era," provides insight into how regulatory changes and marketplace dynamics are impacting new drug review times and review outcomes.

"The implications of FDAAA and CDER's* implementation of the law have been widely discussed, and there is considerable conjecture in the biopharmaceutical industry regarding how FDA review timelines and the approval process are being impacted by new requirements, such as REMS--Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies. What our research provides is a real-world, metrics-based assessment to help inform expectations of new drug review outcomes in the Safety First Era," said Mark Mathieu, Director of Strategic Research at PAREXEL Consulting and the study's lead author.

The study findings link the implementation of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA), as well as FDA's workload and staffing-related challenges, to user-fee review time targets, which were not met for 17% of the Fiscal Year 2008 New Drug Applications** (NDAs), and 36% of the priority-rated NDAs. PAREXEL Consulting's analysis also indicates that although priority-rated NDAs continue to gain first-cycle approval at a higher rate than standard submissions, they dipped to 50% for the Fiscal Year 2008 cohort,** down from a record 70% in 2007. Furthermore, data indicate that FDA granted priority status to 20% of NDAs submitted from fiscal 2006 to 2008, down from 30% in 2005, suggesting that this designation is increasingly difficult to obtain.

"Despite the recent decrease in first-cycle approval rates and increase in overdue reviews for priority NDAs, we believe that there remains powerful evidence in our study to support what PAREXEL Consulting calls the "The Innovation Imperative"--the concept that the most innovative new drugs stand to receive greater regulatory attention and more rapid marketing approval," said Alberto Grignolo, Ph.D., Corporate Vice President, Global Strategy Services, PAREXEL Consulting. "Our analysis shows that pursuing priority review status and submitting quality NDAs that can be approved on the first review cycle should continue to be carefully considered by pharmaceutical companies when seeking FDA approval for new drugs and earlier launch dates."

Further supporting "The Innovation Imperative" are PAREXEL's findings in regard to New Molecular Entity (NME) approvals. The PAREXEL Consulting study shows that among the NMEs approved by FDA in the first five months of 2009, priority-rated NMEs were cleared 13.3 months faster than standard-rated NMEs.

The white paper "The Innovation Imperative in the Safety First Era" is part of PAREXEL Consulting's Intelligent Development Series, which provides data and insights in support of successful biopharmaceutical and medical device product development. The white paper is available at:

* Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), a division of FDA

** Data as of April 1, 2009

About PAREXEL Consulting

PAREXEL Consulting, a division of PAREXEL International, provides integrated product development services with the goal of helping biopharmaceutical and medical device companies get their products to the market, and keep them on the market. Through a unique fusion of scientific, regulatory, and business expertise PAREXEL Consulting helps clients worldwide manage risk and maximize product and portfolio value at every milestone and during each phase of development.

About PAREXEL International

PAREXEL International Corporation is a leading global biopharmaceutical services organization, providing a broad range of knowledge-based contract research, medical communications and consulting services to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Committed to providing solutions that expedite time-to-market and peak-market penetration, PAREXEL has developed significant expertise across the development and commercialization continuum, from drug development and regulatory consulting to clinical pharmacology, clinical trials management, medical education and reimbursement. Perceptive Informatics, Inc., a subsidiary of PAREXEL, provides advanced technology solutions, including medical imaging, to facilitate the clinical development process. Headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts, PAREXEL operates in 70 locations throughout 52 countries around the world, and has over 9,275 employees. For more information about PAREXEL International visit

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PAREXEL is a registered trademark of PAREXEL International Corporation, and Perceptive Informatics is a trademark of Perceptive Informatics, Inc. All other names or marks may be registered trademarks or trademarks of PAREXEL International Corporation, Perceptive Informatics, Inc. or their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged.

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