Podium and Poster Presentations To Be Given On Interim Data From MuGard Phase IV Trial

Dallas, TX and New York, NY, June 26, 2012 – 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, today announced that the results of a recent interim analysis of data from an ongoing MuGard clinical trial will be presented at a joint international symposium of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and the International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO) on Supportive Care in Cancer.  A podium presentation will be made by one of the lead investigators in the study on Thursday June 28th, and results will be presented in a poster displayed on Friday June 29th. In addition to these presentations, Access will have its MuGard booth in the commercial exhibit hall to educate the attendees on the clinical benefit MuGard offers patients undergoing cancer treatment.  The annual MASCC/ISOO Symposium is the preeminent international conference to focus on supportive care in oncology and will be held this week at the Hilton New York Hotel on Thursday, June 28th – Saturday, June 30th.

About MuGard:

MuGard is a novel; ready-to-use mucoadhesive oral wound rinse and coating for the management of oral mucositis, a debilitating side effect of many anticancer treatments, characterized by inflammation and erythema or ulcerations throughout the oral mucosa.  For more information, please visit www.MuGard.com.

About MASCC:

The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) is the leading international organization dedicated to the research and education in all aspects of supportive care for patients with cancer.  It joined forces with the International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO) in 1998, and its members represent over sixty countries. The MASCC/ISOO membership includes oncology medical, surgical, and radiology physicians, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, pharmacists and representatives from industry and non-profit sectors. Symposia are convened annually to share the most recent research in supportive care from throughout the world.

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™ (www.MuGard.com), 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 www.accesspharma.com.

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.