On June 14, 2021, Philips issued a recall notification for the United States for specifically affected ventilation and sleep apnea devices.
The notification informs patients, users and customers of potential impacts on patient health and clinical use related to this issue. Read below to learn more about the recall, determine if your device is impacted, and next steps to register your device.
WARNING! Stop Using BiLevel PAP & CPAP Sleep Apnea Devices Immediately
According to a Phillips Spokesperson, the recall doesn’t affect all Philips breathing devices. About 80% of the affected devices are CPAP machines and about 20% are ventilators.
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.
Which CPAP Machines Are Being Recalled?
- 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 Go
- Dorma 400
- Dorma 500
- REMstar SE Auto
- 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
Cancer-Causing Problems With Phillips CPAP And Sleep Apnea Machines
The devices sold to patients were defective and dangerous. The foam they used, called PE-PUR Foam, is so dangerous that when it degrades it causes cancer. This alone might be enough of a problem for a lawsuit.
Not only did Philips use toxic material in their medical devices that was incredibly dangerous, but they avoided warning the public as soon as they became aware of the risks. There are allegations that users had been complaining of health issues as a result of the foam for years.
At the very least, Philips became aware of the issue in April 2021, and didn’t issue a recall until the middle of June, 2021.
This means that people continued to buy and use the machines for at least two months, despite the fact that Philips was well aware of the risks.
Class Action Lawsuit
In June 2021, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Philips in Massachusetts. The lawsuit claims that Phillips knew about the toxic foam and the severe health issues it was causing people for years.
There are claims that users had been complaining about the issues for many years, but Philips didn’t issue a public warning until April 2021.
It was another two months, June 14th 2021, before Philips officially recalled the devices. Interestingly, Philips didn’t announce the recall of their machines until right around the time that they were coming out with a newer device.
Many patients who desperately need these devices had no choice but to purchase the newer machine, meaning Philips continued to profit even after they made the recall of their current machine public.
Who Qualifies to File a CPAP 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 cpap lawsuits include cancers, respiratory problems and organ damage.
CPAP Related injuries and cancers are covered by the class-action lawsuit:
- 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
- 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 Is PE-PUR Foam Potentially Dangerous? PE-PUR foam might be relatively harmless. But if the foam breaks down, it can release particles and chemical gases. If these particles or gases enter the body through the nose or mouth, they can cause a variety of health issues including cancer.
- When did Phillips become aware that their devices were causing cancer? Philips became aware of the issue in April 2021.
- When Did Phillips issue a recall? A recall wasn’t issued until the middle of June, 2021.
- I have cancer. I’ve used a Phillips CPAP device. Who do I speak to about suing the manufacturer? For a free review of your case by a CPAP attorney in your area who can help, please call our CPAP lawsuit class action helpline at (844) 719-8807.