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CPAP Machine Recall
Philips has voluntarily recalled some of its ventilators and sleep apnea machines due to a potential cancer risk, as reported recently by several news outlets. At issue is the polyester foam that can degrade and be inhaled by the user. Here is some information about the product and recall:
- Philips is one of the largest manufacturers of sleep apnea machines and ventilators, including the Philips Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and mechanical ventilator devices. The company has produced millions of devices using the foam, which helps to reduce sound and vibration.
- Under certain conditions, the foam can break down into particles and toxic chemical gases. Inhaling or ingesting the particles may cause increased cancer risk, respiratory problems, and other health issues. To date, Philips has been notified of headaches, coughs, chest pressure, sinus infection and upper airway irritation. It also has received reports of black debris in the airpath circuit.
- Philips is recalling devices manufactured between 2019 and 2021. For a complete list, see the Urgent Medical Device Recall information on Philips’ website. The FDA advises users to consult their healthcare providers. CPAP and BiPAP patients should find alternative treatments.
Due to the purported risks, potential damage can include cases of bladder, lung, prostate, stomach or even breast cancer, as well as other health issues. If you have questions about your legal rights regarding this or another defective product, contact an attorney experienced in product liability litigation.