Valstar (N-trifluoroacetyladriamycin-14-valerate, Valstar®) is a chemotherapy drug used to treat bladder cancer. Valstar is a semisynthetic analog of the anthracycline doxorubicin, and is administered by infusion directly into the bladder. .

Valstar - Pharmacology:

Valstar is an anthracycline that affects a variety of inter-related biological functions, most of which involve nucleic acid metabolism. It readily penetrates into cells, where it inhibits the incorporation of nucleosides into nucleic acids, causes extensive chromosomal damage, and arrests cell cycle in G2. Although valrubicin does not bind strongly to DNA, a principal mechanism of its action, mediated by valrubicin metabolites, is interference with the normal DNA breaking-resealing action of DNA topoisomerase II.

Valstar mini report

Valstar NDA
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Valstar for patients

Patients should be informed that ValstarÔ has been shown to induce complete responses in only about 1 in 5 patients, and that delaying cystectomy could lead to development of metastatic bladder cancer, which is lethal. They should discuss with their physician the relative risk of cystectomy versus the risk of metastatic bladder cancer and be aware that the risk increases the longer cystectomy is delayed in the presence of persisting CIS.

Patients should be informed that the major acute toxicities from ValstarÔ are related to irritable bladder symptoms that may occur during instillation and retention of ValstarÔ and for a limited period following voiding. For the first 24 hours following administration, red tinged urine is typical. Patients should report prolonged irritable bladder symptoms or prolonged passage of red-colored urine immediately to their physician.

Women of child-bearing potential should be advised not to become pregnant during treatment. Men should be advised to refrain from engaging in procreative activities while receiving therapy with ValstarÔ. All patients of reproductive age should be advised to use an effective contraception method during the treatment period.

Valstar Interactions

Because systemic exposure to ValstarÔ is negligible following intravesical administration, the potential for drug interactions is low. No drug interaction studies were conducted.

Valstar Contraindications

ValstarÔ is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to anthracyclines or CremophorÒEL (polyoxyethyleneglycol triricinoleate).

Patients with concurrent urinary tract infections should not receive ValstarÔ.

ValstarÔ should not be administered to a patient with a small bladder capacity, i.e., unable to tolerate a 75 mL instillation.

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Chemical structure:
O O O O O O O O O O O O O F F F N H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H C34H36F3NO13 2D chemical structure C34H36F3NO13 SVG | 2D structure chemical names, chemical properties, classification C34H36F3NO13