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Access Pharmaceuticals Awarded Japan Patent For MuGard And ProctiGard
Date:8/14/2014

Mucoadhesive Hydrogel (MuGard) in Mitigating Oral Mucositis Symptoms in Patients Being Treated With Chemoradiation Therapy for Cancers of the Head and Neck," discusses data on Access' post-marketing clinical trial that evaluated the efficacy of MuGard in controlling symptoms caused by oral mucositis in 120 patients receiving chemoradiation therapy for the treatment of cancers of the head and neck.  In the trial, MuGard was shown to be superior to the sham control saline-bicarbonate rinse in mitigating oral mucositis symptoms and delaying oral mucositis progression.  The article can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/enhanced/doi/10.1002/cncr.28553/

About MuGard:  MuGard is available by prescription only and is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients in the formulation. MuGard received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is marketed by AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in the United States.  MuGard is also licensed in China, RHEI/Jian An, and in Korea with Hamni Pharmaceuticals.

ProctiGard: ProctiGard is a treatment options for rectal mucositis and radiation proctitis, a debilitating oncology side effect. ProctiGard received 510(K) FDA clearance in July 2014. Access currently holds global commercialization rights for ProctiGard.

Oral Mucositis: Oral mucositis ("OM") is a debilitating side effect of some radiation and chemotherapy cancer treatments, characterized by sores and ulcers in the mouth and throat that make swallowing difficult or impossible. It is estimated that 97% of patients receiving radiation for head and neck cancer, 70% of patients receiving stem cell transplantation and up to 40% of patients receiving conventional chemotherapy develop oral mucositis.


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