LYNCHBURG, Va.  – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has alerted health care professionals and patients who take medication for high blood pressure and heart failure about a new recall.

The recall involves drugs that contain the ingredient valsartan.   Valsartan is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, according to the FDA.

Retail pharmacies in possession of any unused products including Valsartan Tablets, 40 mg, 80mg, 160mg, and 320mg; and Valsartan-HCTZ Tablets, 80mg/12.5mg, 160mg/12.5mg, 160mg/25mg, 320mg/12.5mg, and 320mg/25mg, within expiry dates from July 2018 to January 2020, should immediately return the product.

The FDA believes the sudden presence of NDMA is because of the way the substance was manufactured.

Some of the companies recalling the medications include Major Pharmeceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.