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Bladder, kidney, and other urologic cancers
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Generic Name and Formulations:

Valrubicin 40mg/mL; soln for intravesical instillation after dilution; contains 50% polyoxyl castor oil/50% dehydrated alcohol; preservative-free.

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Indications for VALSTAR:

Intravesical therapy of BCG-refractory carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the urinary bladder in patients for whom immediate cystectomy would be associated with unacceptable morbidity or mortality.


Drain bladder before instilliation. 800mg given intravesically via urethral catheter once weekly for 6 weeks. Retain drug for 2 hours before voiding, then void.


Not recommended.


Concurrent UTI. Small bladder capacity (eg, unable to tolerate a 75mL instillation).


Monitor for disease recurrence or progression with cystoscopy, biopsy, and urine cytology every 3 months; if there is not a complete response of CIS to treatment after 3 months or if CIS recurs, cystectomy must be reconsidered. Severe irritable bladder symptoms. Perforated bladder. Bladder mucosa compromised. Delay administration for at least 2 weeks after transurethral resection and/or fulguration. Maintain adequate hydration. Pregnancy (Cat. C); avoid, both males and females should use effective birth control. Nursing mothers: not recommended.

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Adverse Reactions:

Bladder symptoms (eg, urinary frequency, dysuria, urinary urgency, spasm, hematuria, pain, incontinence, cystitis, nocturia, local burning, urethral pain, pelvic pain, UTI).

How Supplied:

Single-use vials—4, 24