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Access Pharmaceuticals Provides Update on MuGard Commercial Launch in Europe
Date:12/3/2009

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  • Introduction of MuGard into several additional countries in Europe is anticipated over the next 12 to 18 months.
  • "As of today, more than 2,000 cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy have been treated with MuGard," stated Jean-Francois Labbe, SpePharm's President & CEO. "We are very pleased with progress to date, and MuGard is well accepted by patients and by healthcare professionals, both as a preventative and curative treatment. MuGard's ready-to-use formulation helps to support treatment compliance by the patients, and we believe is leading to its adoption as treatment-of-choice to prevent and treat oral mucositis."

    "Access is pleased with the early acceptance of MuGard as a preventative and curative treatment for oral mucositis," stated Jeffrey Davis, Access' President & CEO. "We hope to be able to leverage SpePharm's early experiences around its launch in Europe to jump start our efforts here throughout the remainder of the year and into 2010."

    MuGard is a novel, ready-to-use mucoadhesive oral wound rinse for the management of oral mucositis, a debilitating side effect of many anticancer treatments. Up to 80% of all patients receiving radiotherapy and approximately 40% of all chemotherapy patients develop oral mucositis, and almost all patients receiving radiotherapy for head and neck cancer and those undergoing stem cell transplantation develop oral mucositis. The market for the prevention and treatment of oral mucositis, expanding to include all patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, is estimated to be in excess of $5 billion worldwide. MuGard forms a protective coating over the oral mucosa when swirled gently around the mouth. In a comparison of cancer patient
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