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 News Release - October 3, 2006

Dr. Garen Manvelian Joins New River Pharmaceuticals as Chief Medical Officer

RADFORD, Va., Oct. 3 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- New River Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: NRPH ) announced today that Garen Z. Manvelian, M.D., has joined the company as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Manvelian will operate from the company's laboratories at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, and will report to Krish S. Krishnan, New River's Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Krishnan remarked, "Dr. Manvelian is a welcome addition to New River's leadership team. His training and expertise will be an asset to the clinical development of New River's product candidates."

Dr. Manvelian comes to New River from SkyePharma Inc., where he served since 2000 as Senior Director, Clinical and Medical Affairs. Prior to that, he served as a Clinical Research Scientist at Quintiles CNS Therapeutics.

Dr. Manvelian holds an M.D. degree from the Vitebsk State Medical Institute in Vitebsk, Belarus. He completed a residency program in anesthesiology at the Republic Hospital of Armenia in Yerevan, Armenia, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Manvelian commented, "I look forward to working with the New River team. I am excited about the promise of New River's current and future clinical projects and am eager to apply my experience to help advance the company's compounds toward regulatory approval."

About New River

New River Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing novel pharmaceuticals that are generational improvements of widely prescribed drugs in large and growing markets.

For further information on New River, please visit the Company's Web site at http://www.nrpharma.com.

"SAFE HARBOR" STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

This press release contains certain forward-looking information that is intended to be covered by the safe harbor for "forward-looking statements" provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. Words such as "expect(s)," "feel(s)," "believe(s)," "will," "may," "anticipate(s)" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, financial projections and estimates and their underlying assumptions; statements regarding plans, objectives and expectations with respect to future operations, products and services; and statements regarding future performance. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of New River Pharmaceuticals, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. These risks and uncertainties include: those discussed and identified in the New River Pharmaceuticals Inc. annual report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on March 15, 2006; the timing, progress and likelihood of success of our product research and development programs; the timing and status of our preclinical and clinical development of potential drugs; the likelihood of success of our drug products in clinical trials and the regulatory approval process; our drug products' efficacy, abuse and tamper resistance, resistance to intravenous abuse, onset and duration of drug action, ability to provide protection from overdose, ability to improve patients' symptoms, incidence of adverse events, ability to reduce opioid tolerance, ability to reduce therapeutic variability, and ability to reduce the risks associated with certain therapies; the ability to develop, manufacture, launch and market our drug products; our projections for future revenues, profitability and ability to achieve certain sales targets; our estimates regarding our capital requirements and our needs for additional financing; the likelihood of obtaining favorable scheduling and labeling of our drug products; the likelihood of regulatory approval under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act without having to conduct long and costly trials to generate all of the data which are often required in connection with a traditional new chemical entity; our ability to develop safer and improved versions of widely prescribed drugs using our Carrierwave (TM) technology; our success in developing our own sales and marketing capabilities for our lead product candidate, NRP104; and our ability to obtain favorable patent claims. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof. New River Pharmaceuticals does not undertake any obligation to republish revised forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Readers are also urged to carefully review and consider the various disclosures in New River Pharmaceuticals' annual report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on March 15, 2006, as well as other public filings with the SEC.


Source: New River Pharmaceuticals

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