Cozaar, Diovan, Avapro may increase cancer risks

The agency infighting concerns a popular class of blood pressure drugs. They’re called ARBs. They go by the brand names Cozaar, Diovan, Avapro, and others. Millions take these drugs every day. In fact, in the U.S. alone, patients shell out more than $7 billion for them every year.

In other words, ARBs are Big Business. And if you want to know what the FDA really is, it’s “the U.S. Drug-Business agency.”

Just look at this…

Results from several trials link ARB use to cancer, especially lung cancer. One researcher spells it out bluntly… “I have no doubt that ARBs increase cancer risk.”

A senior cancer specialist at the FDA wants to issue a warning. And that’s it. He’s not trying to ban the drug. He’s not calling for special panels. But he and others say the cancer evidence is solid and the risk is significant. So consumers deserve a warning.

And what are his bosses doing? They’re trying to shut down the effort. And put a kibosh on any warning.

Somehow, news of this office head-butting leaked out, along with some sniping e-mails.

In one e-mail, an official said that even if there were a 30 percent higher risk of cancer, “I doubt there would be much enthusiasm for basing a regulatory decision (labeling or otherwise).”

Huh! Imagine that! There doesn’t seem to be much “enthusiasm” for a cancer safety warning at the “drug-safety agency!” (You can bet Merck and other ABR makers spent a lot of money ensuring this lack of enthusiasm.)

If you have high blood pressure and you take one of these ARB drugs, that’s YOUR potential cancer risk they’re bickering over.

So consider this your official warning… because I’m pretty sure it’s the only one you’re going to get.

Reprinted from the HSI Newsletter.

“Dispute Flares Inside FDA Over Safety of Popular Blood-Pressure Drugs” Thomas M. Burton, The Wall St. Journal, 5/30/13,

Until next time,

Dr. Polly



About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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