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Philips Recalls CPAP Machines and Ventilators Due to Potential Cancer Risk

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  June 14, 2021   |  

Philips has issued a recall of certain CPAP ventilators due to foam material that can degrade, potentially causing cancer and other health problems. Breathing devices impacted include Philips Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), and mechanical ventilator devices. The potential issue was first identified by the company in April 2021.

Foam degregation in certain Philips CPAP machines and ventilators may cause cancer. As many as 4 million Philips CPAP devices may be affected by the recall.

Our Philips CPAP lawsuit attorneys are actively investigating injury claims related to these devices and would love to help you however we can. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation or complete the convenient form below.

IMPORTANT: Due to developments in the multi-district litigation, we can no longer accept kidney or liver cancer claims related to Philips CPAP machines. Other cancers and health problems may still qualify. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a free case review.

WARNING: If you use a Philips BiLevel PAP or CPAP ventilator, the company has issued a RECALL and advises you to stop using the device immediately and consult a physician. Those using affected Philips mechanical ventilators are advised to consult with their doctor before discontinuing use of the device.  

Philips devices affected by the recall include:

  • Philips BiLevel PAP machines
  • Philips CPAP machines
  • Philips mechanical ventilators

Potential Philips CPAP Cancer Risk and Other Health Problems

According to Philips, a foam component in certain BiLevel PAP and CPAP sleep apnea machines and ventilators may disintegrate. Disintegrated particles could then be inhaled by the user, potentially resulting in “toxic and carcinogenic effects.”

The foam particulates can be inhaled, irritating the airways, and gases released by the degrading foam could also be toxic or cause cancer.

Cancers potentially caused by defective CPAP machines include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Nasal cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Papillary cancer
  • Various types of leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma

Other health problems potentially linked to Philips CPAP machines include:

  • Severe ear, eye, nose, throat, sinus, or oral cavity inflammation and injury including nodules, cysts, and tumors
  • Respiratory problems, including:
    • Reactive Airway Disease (RAD)
    • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
    • Recurrent pneumonia
    • New or or worsening asthma
  • Lung damage / lung disease
  • Kidney damage/ kidney disease
  • Liver damage / liver disease
  • Heart problems
  • Sudden respiratory failure leading to heart attack

While no deaths have yet been reported, Philips said that the company has “received reports of possible patient impact due to foam degradation.”

Exposure to foam particulate / inhalation of chemical gases in Philips BiLevel PAP, CPAP, and mechanical ventilator devices may result in:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Irritation
  • Inflammation
  • Respiratory issues (breathing problems)
  • Toxic effects
  • Cancer

As many as 4 million Phillips CPAP machines and ventilators have been recalled due to potential cancer risk. The potentially cancer-causing particulate in Philips CPAP machines and ventilators comes from a type of foam that is used to dampen the machines’ sound.

According to Philips, roughly 80 percent of the machines affected by the recall are Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines. Roughly two-thirds of the company’s CPAP device sales are in the United States.

The other affected devices are life-sustaining ventilators, most frequently used in hospitals.

Do You Have a Philips CPAP or Ventilator Cancer or Health Problem Claim?

Have you or a loved one suffered injury (including cancer) potentially due to a defective Philips BiLevel PAP or CPAP device, or mechanical ventilator? You may be entitled to compensation and our Philips CPAP lawsuit attorneys may be able to help.

IMPORTANT: Due to developments in the multi-district litigation, we can no longer accept kidney or liver cancer claims related to Philips CPAP machines. Other cancers and health problems may still qualify. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a free case review.

For a FREE consultation with an experienced Philips CPAP lawsuit attorney, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and easy form below.

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