Which Philips CPAP Machines Are Being Recalled?
On June 14th, 2021, the health technology company Philips announced that they would recall many different CPAP and ventilator machines due to an increased risk of cancer and other health issues arising from their use.
This is an alarming recall because it will affect between three and four million users, as Philips devices are used worldwide for treating sleep apnea and other breathing conditions.
What Philips CPAP Machines Have Been Recalled?
The devices being recalled include:
- All CPAP and BiLevel PAP devices manufactured before April 26th, 2021
- E30 model continuous ventilator
- Dreamstation ASV, Dreamstation ST/AVAPS, Dreamstation GO systems
- All mechanical ventilators manufactured before April 26th, 2021
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Why is Philips Recalling CPAP Machines?
According to the recall that Philips submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a polyester-based polyurethane sound abatement foam component installed in the recalled CPAP machines to reduce the noise of the machine “may degrade into particles which may enter the device’s air pathway and be ingested or inhaled by the user, and the foam may off-gas certain chemicals. The foam degradation may be exacerbated by the use of unapproved cleaning methods, such as ozone, and high heat and high humidity environments may also contribute to foam degradation.”
In summary, this piece of foam installed to help reduce operating noise may degrade and release toxic chemicals or particles that may be harmful to the user.
What are the Health Risks Associated with Using Philips CPAP Machines?
According to the recall order, “the potential risks of particulate exposure include headache, irritation, inflammation, respiratory issues, and possible toxic and carcinogenic effects. The potential risks of chemical exposure due to off-gassing include headache, irritation, hypersensitivity, nausea/vomiting, and possible toxic and carcinogenic effects.”
When the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) is exposed to the moisture of the machine, it can begin to degrade and release toxic chemicals into the user’s airways. These chemicals may present a variety of health risks, the most troubling being their potential carcinogenic effects.
Inhalation / absorption of toxic foam particulate in defective CPAP machines may increase the risk of:
- Lung cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Brain cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Nasal cancer
- Throat cancer
- Laryngeal cancer
- Thryoid cancer
- Papillary cancer
- Various types of leukemia
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
Other health problems including:
- 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
“What Should I Do if I Am Currently Using One of These Devices?”
If you are currently using one of the recalled devices, you should consult with your physician immediately and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for returning or replacing your device.
According to Philips, if you are using a life-sustaining ventilator device, you should first consult with your physicians to determine the best decision for your continued treatment.
If you use a CPAP or BiLevel PAP device, you should discontinue use immediately and consult your physician for an alternative treatment option.
“I Used One of These Devices and Later Developed Cancer. What Should I Do?”
If you used one of these recalled devices and later developed a certain type of cancer or other qualifying injury, you may be entitled to compensation in a CPAP class action or other lawsuit.
At Riddle & Brantley, our attorneys have over 220+ years of combined experience fighting for our clients. No one should be harmed due to negligence or oversight, especially when we depend on medical devices to help us heal. If you have developed cancer or other health problems from using a recalled medical device, we want to help you fight for the justice you deserve.
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