How Serious is the Philips CPAP Recall?
In June 2021, Philips Respironics recalled many continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, along with ventilators and bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified the recall as Class I, which means the use of or exposure to the recalled product may cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
Class I recalls are the most serious recalls available under the Code of Federal Regulations. Thus, the Philips CPAP recall is extremely serious.
How Do Philips CPAP Machines Cause Serious Adverse Health Consequences or Death?
Philips CPAP machines and other recalled products use polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam to lessen sound and vibration. Unfortunately, this foam can break down over time and cause the user to inhale black pieces of foam or invisible chemicals.
Inhaling these harmful substances has led to headaches, upper airway irritation, cough, chest pressure, and sinus infections among users. Potential risks of particulate exposure include but are not limited to:
- Skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritation
- Inflammation response
- Toxic and carcinogenic effects
In summary, defective Philips CPAP machines could cause cancer. McNabola & Associates, LLC is representing claimants with kidney cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, throat cancer, leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and other cancers of the organs and lymphatic system.
We are also helping people with chemical poising, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), reactive airway disease (RAD), respiratory failure, lung damage and disease, kidney damage and disease, liver damage and disease, severe inflammation in the ears, nose, or throat, and other serious health issues.
What Causes or Contributes to PE-PUR Foam Degradation?
Urethane is a probable human carcinogen or substance that likely causes cancer. Although polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam is safe for human use, Philips should have known the substance would be unsafe for users’ airways.
The problem is even worse in hot and humid settings and when users use ozone or ultraviolet light cleaners to maintain their devices.
Philips did not warn users of the fact that their product could cause cancer or respiratory failure, so they can – and should – be held accountable for any injuries their users suffer because of the faulty PE-PUR foam.
What If I Use a Philips CPAP Machine?
If you use a Philips CPAP machine, follow the instructions from the FDA to see if your device has been recalled and what to do next.
Do not stop using your device without consulting your doctor, do not add a filter to your device, and do not try to remove the PE-PUR foam from your device.
If you experience a health issue after using your device, report the problem through the MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Form and contact an attorney immediately.
You may be eligible to file a Philips CPAP lawsuit if you used a Philips CPAP or Bi-PAP machine or ventilator and suffered side effects – or if you lost someone who used one of these defective devices to cancer or respiratory failure.
Injured users have already filed a class-action lawsuit against Philips, which consolidates more than 110 claims against the company.
Philips should not get away with profiting from poisonous products, and you should not be left with the medical bills associated with a serious injury or illness.
McNabola & Associates, LLC can help you hold Philips accountable and recover compensation for your losses. We have more than 60 years of experience and have won 98% of the cases we have accepted
Call us at (312) 888-8700 or contact us online to find out if you qualify for a Philips CPAP lawsuit – free consultations are available 24/7.