The analysis is based on the latest industry R&D spending estimates and FDA statistics on NME and NDA approvals and submissions.
Interestingly, the analysis also shows that the pharma industry spent an estimated $1.25 billion for each NME submission (i.e., to the FDA), which is a metric that peers a bit further upstream into the R&D pipeline. According to PAREXEL's Pharmaceutical R&D Statistical Sourcebook 2005/2006, this measure has been remarkably stable for the last three years, remaining within a narrow range ($1.29 billion to $1.23 billion). Still, the 2004 R&D spending per NME submission metric is almost four times what it was in 1995 ($317 million/NME submission).
Meanwhile, worldwide pharma R&D spending per global new active substance (NAS) launch spiked to a record $2.3 billion in 2004, up 43% from 2003. Global NAS launches fell another 26%, to an all-time low, according to an analysis by Scrip Magazine. Despite the continuing downturn in global NAS launches, worldwide R&D spending rose to $53 billion last year, according to CMR International estimates..
PAREXEL's Pharmaceutical R&D Statistical Sourcebook 2005/2006 is available at www.barnettinternational.com or 800-856-2556, x2176.