RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - February 13, 2001 - To expand its reach in the global pharmaceutical marketplace, Quintiles Transnational Corp. (Nasdaq: QTRN) today announced the following executive appointment in its Quintiles Consulting group, which provides regulatory and compliance consulting to the pharmaceutical, biologic and medical device industries.

Joseph X. Phillips has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president, Pharmaceutical Operations. Phillips provides executive leadership and direction to help position Quintiles Consulting as the world leader in pharmaceutical consulting services. In this capacity, Phillips leads a team of specialists with expertise in regulatory matters that can be of significant value to Quintiles' pharmaceutical clients. Phillips has 44 years of service with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is an expert in regulatory and compliance issues affecting the pharmaceutical industry.

Quintiles has seen the demand for regulatory and compliance consulting services increase as pharmaceutical manufacturing keeps pace with a more complex, global marketplace. "Today's pharmaceutical companies face a widening array of crucial business decisions in a highly competitive environment," said Ron Johnson, executive vice president, Quintiles Consulting. "Phillips' extensive experience with regulatory issues gives our organization an improved ability in meeting the needs of our clients."

Phillips most recently served as the Deputy Regional Food and Drug Director for the Central Region. During his FDA tenure, Phillips played a key role in the planning and management of field operations that included the inspection of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. Widely respected for his knowledge of regulatory and compliance issues impacting the pharmaceutical industry, Phillips has been recognized many times for distinguished service in pharmaceutical engineering, education and performance management.

Quintiles Consulting provides a variety of consulting services to the medical device, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. These services include assisting companies in preparing for FDA interactions, including inspections and resolution of enforcement actions; complying with good manufacturing, good clinical practice and quality system regulations; meeting process validation requirements and in bringing new medical devices to market.

Quintiles Transnational is the world's leading provider of information, technology and services to bring new medicines to patients faster and improve healthcare. Headquartered near Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Quintiles employs a global workforce of 18,000 in 39 countries. Quintiles Transnational is a member of the S&P 500 and Fortune 1000. For more information visit the company's web site at www.quintiles.com.