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Access Pharmaceuticals Awarded $1.5 Million in Section 48D Grants

DALLAS and NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- ACCESS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (OTC Bulletin Board: ACCP), a biopharmaceutical company leveraging its proprietary drug-delivery platforms to develop treatments in areas of oncology, cancer supportive care and diabetes, announced it has been awarded $1.5 million in government grants. Under the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, cash grants were awarded to Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Projects that showed significant potential in producing new and cost-saving therapies, support job growth and increase U.S. competitiveness. Grants were awarded through a competitive application process, and seven out of eight Access Pharmaceutical applications were awarded.

"We are pleased to have been awarded these grants, and believe it reflects the considerable value of the Access development programs," said Jeffrey Davis, President and CEO, Access Pharmaceuticals.  He continued, "Given the recent launch of our oral mucositis product, MuGard, and our ability to manage our cash burn through multiple partnerships, we believe these grants will significantly impact our balance sheet and product development timelines."

About Access:Access Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is an emerging biopharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes proprietary products for the treatment and supportive care of cancer patients. Access' products include MuGard™ (, for the management of patients with mucositis, ProLindac™, currently in Phase II clinical testing of patients with ovarian cancer, and Thiarabine, a new generation nucleoside analog which has demonstrated both pre-clinical and clinical activity in certain cancers.

The company also has other advanced drug delivery technologies including CobaCyte™-mediated targeted delivery and CobOral-oral drug delivery, its proprietary nanopolymer delivery technology based on the natural vitamin B12 uptake mechanism.  For additional information on Access Pharmaceuticals, please visit our website at

This press release contains certain statements that are forward-looking within the meaning of Section 27a of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include those relating to: our cash burn rate, clinical trial plans and timelines and clinical results for ProLindac, MuGard, Thiarabine and Cobalamin and other product candidates, our ability to achieve clinical and commercial success and our ability to successfully develop marketed products. These statements are subject to numerous risks, including but not limited Access' need to obtain additional financing in order to continue the clinical trial and operations and to the risks detailed in Access' Annual Reports on Form 10-K and other reports filed by Access with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Contact: Company

Contact: Investor RelationsChristine Berni

Donald C. Weinberger/Diana Bittner (media)Director of Investor Relations

Wolfe Axelrod Weinberger Assoc. LLCAccess Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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