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Access Pharmaceuticals Retains Edelman as Public Relations Firm

DALLAS and NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ACCESS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (OTCBB: ACCP), a biopharmaceutical company leveraging its proprietary drug-delivery platforms to develop treatments in areas of oncology, cancer supportive care and diabetes, has hired Edelman, the leading full service global public relations firm, to support its media outreach initiatives.  Edelman will assist Access in implementing a media communications outreach program primarily aimed at introducing MuGard and building awareness of its ability to treat oral mucositis, a potentially debilitating disease which can cause painful inflammation and lesions of the mucous membranes lining the mouth and GI tract.

"Edelman has a great track record in conveying the value of company pipelines to a broad range of media outlets," said Jeffrey Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Access Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  He continued, "We believe we are at the right time in the Access story and the commercialization of MuGard to expand our reach in within trade and consumer publications.   As we continue to execute on our strategy of growing the MuGard brand, capitalizing on Edelman's strategic skills, creativity and global reach to communicate the benefit and control it provides cancer patients will be key in achieving our MuGard education and communications objectives."

Bruce Hayes, general manager of Health for Edelman in the company's New York office stated, "We are pleased that Access has made the decision to join our portfolio of health clients.  An emerging player in the cancer supportive care industry, Access is helping patients who suffer from oral mucositis. We are confident that our public engagement strategies will assist in building the MuGard brand and raising Access' visibility among its key audiences."

About EdelmanEdelman is the world's largest independent public relations firm, with wholly-owned offices in 53 cities and 3,700 employees worldwide. Edelman was named Advertising Age's top-ranked PR firm of the decade and one of its "2010 A-List Agencies" and "2010 Best Places to Work;" PRWeek's "2011 Large PR Agency of the Year" and "2009 Agency of the Year;" European Excellence Awards' "2010 Agency of the Year;" Holmes Report's "Agency of the Decade" and "2009 Asia Pacific Consultancy of the Year;" and among Glassdoor's top five "2011 Best Places to Work." Visit for more information.

About Access Pharmaceuticals, Inc.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™ (, which has received FDA marketing clearance for the management of patients with mucositis, ProLindac™, a second generation DACH Platinum in Phase 2 clinical testing of patients with ovarian cancer, and Thiarabine™, a novel nucleoside analog that has demonstrated both pre-clinical and clinical activity in certain cancers; currently in a Phase 1/2a trial in hematological malignancies at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  

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 to 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. WeinbergerDirector of Investor Relations

Wolfe Axelrod Weinberger Assoc. LLCAccess Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(212) 370-4500(212) 786-6208

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