LEXINGTON, Mass., June 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAG) announced today that it has licensed the US commercial rights to MuGard™, a marketed product for the management of oral mucositis, from Access Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCBB:ACCP). MuGard is an oral mucoadhesive that is designed to manage oral mucositis by forming a protective hydrogel coating over the oral mucosa to shield the membranes of the mouth and tongue. Oral mucositis is a common side effect of cancer treatments, with approximately 400,000 patients developing the condition each year. "Oral mucositis can be a frequent and problematic side effect of both chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer patients," said Greg Madison, chief commercial officer of AMAG. "We believe that MuGard could become a category leader in the hands of our skilled sales force and that our experienced commercial team, our relationships with hematology/oncology practices and our partnerships with key group purchasing organizations can help drive significant growth of this brand." "I am pleased to announce this license agreement with AMAG Pharmaceuticals, as we believe that expansion of reach is critical to the commercial success of MuGard," said Jeffrey B. Davis, president and chief executive officer of Access Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "AMAG's domestic presence, resources and strategic emphasis on expansion of product offerings in complementary therapeutic areas makes them ideally suited to enhance commercialization of MuGard here in the US." Under the terms of the license agreement, AMAG will pay Access an upfront license fee of $3.3 million in exchange for exclusive commercial rights to MuGard in the US. AMAG will also purchase existing MuGard inventory from Access and will pay a tiered, double-digit royalty on net sales of MuGard to Access. "We are pleased to announce the addition of MuGard to the AMAG portfolio, a product that can truly help the many patients who might suffer from oral mucositis," commented William Heiden, AMAG's president and chief executive officer. "MuGard will provide immediate incremental top-line growth and it meets all of our previously defined deal criteria, as a nice tuck-in product with good upside potential and intellectual property runway. Our business development team continues to diligently work on numerous additional product opportunities, and this license represents a solid first step on the path of building a multi-product specialty pharmaceutical company."