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Access Pharma Starts North American MuGard Production

April 14, 2010 (FinancialWire) — Access Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCBB: ACCP) said it has completed its first commercial scale North American production run of MuGard, its treatment for certain side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, at Accupac, Inc. manufacturing facilities outside Philadelphia.

Access said it plans to use the initial batches of MuGard for pre-launch key institution evaluations, preliminary stock for select wholesalers and specialty distributors, and additional post-approval studies to be conducted in the U.S. pursuant to guidelines and protocols that are currently being developed. Accupac manufactures, fills and packages a range of consumer commodity, over-the-counter and prescription products for pharmaceutical and consumer products companies. Access said that MuGard is FDA-approved for the management of oral mucositis, a debilitating side effect of radiation treatment and chemotherapy.  

MuGard has been launched in the UK, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway and Greece through Access’ European partner, SpePharm.

The company added that JCOM, Inc., its Korean licensee for both MuGard and ProLindac, has received approval from the Korean Food and Drug Administration for MuGard and plans a commercial launch later this year.

MuGard is a novel mucoadhesive oral wound rinse and coating for the management of oral mucositis, a debilitating side effect of many anticancer treatments.

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