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Recalled Blood Pressure Medications Pose No Immediate Threat, Cardiologist Says

Keith Srakocic
Allegheny General Hospital on the North Side hosts one of the most prominent cardiovascular care units in the city.

Last summer, companies across the country, including Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Pittsburgh, began recalling large quantities of blood pressure drugs after carcinogens were found in the medications. Commonly prescribed medications including valsartan, losartan, irbesartan and Amvalo were affected.

Dr. Raghu Tadikamalla, cardiologist and hypertension specialist with the Allegheny Health Network, joins 90.5 WESA's The Confluence to discuss recalls and patient concerns. He says that patients should not stop taking their medication if they believe they were affected, but instead should contact their pharmacist and physician. Find more information about managing blood pressure at Tadikamalla’s website here.

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The Confluence, where the news comes together, is 90.5 WESA’s daily news program. Tune in weekdays at 9 a.m. to hear newsmakers and innovators join veteran journalist Kevin Gavin, taking an in-depth look at stories important to the Pittsburgh region. Find more episodes of The Confluence here or wherever you get your podcasts.

Kiley Koscinski covers city government, policy and how Pittsburghers engage with city services. She also works as a fill-in host for All Things Considered. Kiley has previously served as a producer on The Confluence and Morning Edition.
Julia Zenkevich reports on Allegheny County government for 90.5 WESA. She first joined the station as a production assistant on The Confluence, and more recently served as a fill-in producer for The Confluence and Morning Edition. She’s a life-long Pittsburgher, and attended the University of Pittsburgh. She can be reached at
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