July 9, 2021: Philips, a global health technology company and manufacturer of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, issued an urgent recall of its sleep apnea devices after discovering that the sound dampening foam used can break down and create a serious cancer risk to patients. The recalled CPAP and BiPAP devices use “PE-PUR”, a polyester-based polyurethane foam that can be dangerous if inhaled. Philips also revealed that as the foam degrades and breaks down over time, their popular CPAP machines may begin to emit toxic organic compounds that are known to cause organ damage and lung cancer.
Philips CEO, Frans van Houten, issued a public apology on behalf of the company for the health risks that the Philips CPAP machines may have caused: “We deeply regret any concern and inconvenience that patients using the affected devices will experience because of the proactive measures we are announcing today to ensure patient safety.”
Although to date there have been no known deaths associated with the use of Philips CPAP and BiPAP sleep apnea machines, the company warned users of possible health effects and symptoms related to the inhalation of the degraded PE-PUR foam. Adverse health effects reported include serious respiratory inflammation and irritation that may be a direct result of the toxic and carcinogenic effects of chemicals produced by the machines being inhaled. In Philips’ statement the company reports exposure and inhalation of these toxic chemicals can also cause headache, irritation, hypersensitivity, nausea, and vomiting.
If you own a Philips CPAP or BiPAP product, the company and associated regulatory institutions recommend you immediately stop further usage and submit your machine for repair or replacement.
The recalled devices are Philips CPAP and BiPAP machines purchased between 2009 and 2021 and include:
Health side effects to look out for when using Philips CPAP and BiPAP devices include:
If you are experiencing any of these health side effects, please consult your physician immediately. These symptoms may lead to serious or even chronic conditions including:
For more information about the Philips CPAP recall and what you should do, please contact us directly at 1-800-631-5656. Our team of injury advocates at Schmidt National Law Firm is highly concerned about the cancer risks associated with these recalled sleep apnea machines and is offering free consultations to anyone who uses these devices.
Our law firm is actively investigating these devices and potential injury cases resulting from the usage of these devices in an effort to help protect the health of CPAP users and hold manufacturers accountable.
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