In June 2021, Philips Respironics initiated a voluntary recall of possibly 3-4 million affected CPAP sleep apnea and ventilator devices due to potential health risks associated with the sound abatement material used in the devices. The recall includes the following sleep apnea devices made by Philips: BiLevel Pap and CPAP devices as well as ventilation devices.
In their notice, Philips informed patients that they could become ill as a result of exposure to sound abatement foam particles and chemical emissions from the foam material used in the CPAP sleep apnea machines.
A number of problems have since been reported, including:
- Carcinogenic effects (cancer)
- Upper airway irritation
- Respiratory failure
- Inflammatory response
- Sinus Infection
- Kidney damage
- New or worsening asthma
- Liver damage
- Irritation of eye, nose, skin, and respiratory tract
At present, lawsuits are pending in a multidistrict litigation in the Western District of Pennsylvania and in Massachusetts state court.
If you or a loved one has used a recalled Philips CPAP sleep apnea machine or mechanical ventilator and has suffered from any of these symptoms, please contact Pogust Goodhead, LLC for a free consultation at 610-941-4204 or via our online form.