Philips CPAP Lawsuits

People who suffered cancer, lung problems or other injuries after using a recalled Philips machine may file a Philips CPAP lawsuit for potential compensation. Philips recalled millions of its CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator machines because of potential carcinogen and toxic chemical exposure.

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Philips Recalls CPAP Machines over Possible Cancer Risk

On June 14, 2021, Philips announced a voluntary recall for millions of its Philips continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), BiLevel positive airway pressure (BiLevel PAP) devices and mechanical ventilators. The FDA has identified the Philips CPAP recall as Class 1, the most serious type of recall.

Philips recalled the devices because the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam used to dampen sound and vibration while devices are operating may break down. Broken down foam may release particles and gases that are harmful if swallowed or inhaled.

The risk of the foam breaking down is greater if people use ozone cleaning methods or the foam is exposed to high heat and humidity. The analysis of potential health risks is ongoing, according to Philips.

Which CPAP Machines Are Being Recalled?

The recall doesn’t affect all of Philips’ breathing devices. About 80% of the affected devices are CPAP machines and about 20% are ventilators, Philips spokesman Steve Klink told Reuters.

Most of the devices come from Philips’ DreamStation line. The recall affects all serial numbers of the following affected devices manufactured between 2009 and April 26, 2021.

CPAP and BiPAP Devices
  • E30 (Emergency Use Authorization)
  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • C-Series ASV
  • C-Series S/T and AVAPS
  • OmniLab Advanced+
  • Noncontinuous Ventilator
  • SystemOne (Q-Series)
  • DreamStation
  • DreamStation Go
  • Dorma 400
  • Dorma 500
  • REMstar SE Auto
Ventilators
  • Trilogy 100
  • Trilogy 200
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent
  • A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30 (not marketed in US)
  • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto
  • A-Series BiPAP A40
  • A-Series BiPAP A30

Why Is PE-PUR Foam Potentially Dangerous?

Intact PE-PUR foam might be relatively harmless. But if the foam breaks down, it can release particles and chemical gases, according to Philips. If these particles or gases enter the body through the nose or mouth, they can cause a variety of health issues.

“These issues can result in serious injury, which can be life-threatening, cause permanent impairment, and require medical intervention to prevent permanent damage,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in its Safety Communication.

Even if there are no visible particles, the foam may already be breaking down and releasing harmful chemicals.

Philips’ lab analysis found degraded foam produced several potentially harmful chemicals, including:
  • Toluene diamine: Compound used to make polyurethane, dyes, hydraulic fluid and sensitizers for explosives. Health hazards include: Genetic defects, skin reactions, toxicity, cancer, damaged fertility and organ damage.
  • Toluene diisocyanate: Liquid for making foams and coatings. Health hazards include: Cancer, eye damage, skin irritation, respiratory irritation and may be fatal if inhaled.
  • Diethylene glycol: Solvent used in the manufacturing of other chemicals that can irritate skin, eyes and mucous membranes and may be slightly toxic if swallowed.
  • Dimethyl diazene: Gas used to create other chemicals.
  • Phenol, 2,6-bis (1,1-dimethylethyl)-4-(1-methylpropyl): Another gas used in the production of other chemicals.
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Symptoms of Exposure to Philips CPAP Machine Foam Particles

Philips has received limited reports of health problems from potential foam particle inhalation. Some patients have complained of black debris or particles in the machine’s airpath circuit. At the time of Philips’ announcement on June 14, 2021, no deaths had been reported.

Potential symptoms of foam particle inhalation or ingestion include:
  • Airway irritation and inflammation
  • Skin, eye and respiratory tract irritation
  • Headache
  • Asthma
  • Organ damage (liver, kidney and others)
  • Inflammatory response
  • Cough
  • Sinus infection
  • Upper airway irritation
  • Chest pressure
  • Carcinogenic effects

In addition to these particle-related symptoms, Philips warned of potential health hazards of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs are toxic gas emissions from damaged foam.

“To date, Philips has received a limited number of reports of possible patient impact due to foam degradation, and no reports to date regarding patient impact related to chemical emissions.”

Potential Health Risks of Inhaling PE-PUR Foam Chemical Emissions

During lab tests, Philips discovered emissions of two toxic gases, dimethyl diazine and Phenol, 2,6-bis (1,1-dimethylethyl)-4-(1-methylpropyl)-, exceeded the safe exposure threshold. Health risks of inhaling these gases include respiratory problems and cancer.

Respiratory issues may be particularly troublesome for patients with lung disease.

As of June 14, 2021, Philips hasn’t received any reports of health problems related to these gas emissions.

Health risks related to inhaling toxic gases emitted by the foam include:
  • Airway inflammation
  • Airway irritation
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Skin, eye, nose and respiratory tract irritation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Carcinogenic and toxic effects

Who Qualifies to File a Lawsuit?

Anyone who used a recalled Philips Bi-PAP, CPAP or ventilator and suffered health problems or those who lost a loved one because of these injuries may be eligible to file a lawsuit.

Injuries included in potential lawsuits include cancers, respiratory problems and organ damage.

Lawyers are accepting potential clients who suffered the following injuries after using a recalled Philips device:
  • Acute Respiratory Distress System (ARDS)
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Brain Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Chemical Poisoning
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Failure
  • Hematopoietic Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney/Renal Damage
  • Kidney/Renal Disease
  • Leukemia
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Damage
  • Liver Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Damage
  • Lung Disease
  • Lymphatic Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Nasal Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Papillary Carcinoma
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Reactive Airway Disease (RAD)
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Severe Ear Inflammation
  • Severe Nose Inflammation
  • Severe Throat Inflammation
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer

Why File a Lawsuit?

Lawyers taking Philips CPAP lawsuit claims will investigate your claim free of charge to see if you qualify. Time is limited to file, so talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.

According to Philips, “these potential health risks could result in a wide range of potential patient impact, from transient potential injuries, symptoms and complications, as well as possibly serious injury which can be life-threatening or cause permanent impairment.”

You or a loved one may be injured permanently because of a faulty BiPAP, CPAP or ventilator. Filing a lawsuit may pay for past and future medical bills, hold Philips accountable for putting you or a loved one at risk and compensate you for pain and suffering.

Please seek the advice of a medical professional before making health care decisions.
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