Philips CPAP Recall | Call Our Experienced Injury Lawyers
Are you one of the 3.1 million Americans affected by the Philips Respironics CPAP recall? On June 15, 2021, The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall on over 3.1 million of Philips Respironics CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices due to potential health effects.
If you or a loved one uses one of the devices affected by the recall, you may be entitled to financial compensation. But how do you know if you are affected by the recall and who do you contact? Keep reading on to find out more.
Philips CPAP Recall
Philips Respironics recalled several of their devices manufactured between July of 2009 to April 2021.
The majority of the devices are their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and Bi-Level Positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines. These machines are primarily used to treat patients who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, some of Philips Respironics mechanical ventilators are affected by this recall as well. The recall came after some patients experienced a breakdown and black particles in their equipment. The breakdown is from the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam breaking down. When the PE-PUR foam breaks down, it causes chemicals to release, which has potential health concerns.
PE-PUR Foam Break Down
In 2009 Philips Respironics starting using the PE-PUR foam to help reduce the noise of some of their CPAP and BiPap machines. The noise of CPAP and BiPap machines is a common complaint among people who wear CPAP machines. However, the PE-PUR foam breaks down due to two factors. One factor that causes PE-PUR foam to break down is cleaning devices and techniques. For example, certain cleaners and sanitizers designed for CPAP machines cause the PE-PUR foam breakdown.
Additionally, the PE-PUR foam breaks down with high temperatures and humidity. Therefore, over time, exposure to high temperatures and moisture may weaken the PE-PUR foam causing it to break down. Philips Respironics CPAP and BiPap devices come so that patients can use heated and humidified air through their machines to help with comfort. Therefore, the breakdown of the PE-PUR foam affects many patients. When the foam breaks down, chemicals get released. When these chemicals get released, they go through the breathing tubing of the device. Then the person using the CPAP or BiPap machine breaths in the harsh and hazardous chemicals. This leads to a number of potential health concerns.
Potential Health Concerns
The FDA has recorded over 1,200 complaints and more than 100 injuries due to the Philips CPAP machines recall. Since the debris from the foam is inhaled, there are many respiratory issues as well as several other serious health problems, including:
- Irritation to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract
- Inflammation response
- Nausea and vomiting
- Adverse effects to organs such as kidneys or liver
- Possible toxic and cancer-causing effects
Contact your doctor right away if you experience any of these symptoms after using a Philips CPAP machine.
Devices Impacted from Philips Recall
The Philips Respironics recall goes back to devices from 2009 to 2021. Unfortunately, many of Phillip’s CPAP and BiPap devices in this time period used the PE-PUR foam during this time.
If you are unsure if the recall affects your or a loved one’s CPAP or BiPap machine, contact your doctor or Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Provider to check. Currently, several of Philips Respironics recalled BiPap and CPAP include the Dreamstaion and REMstar auto models. Additional models include:
- SystemOne ASV4
- C-Series ST
- C-Series AVAPS
- OmniLab Advance
To stay up to date and a complete list of devices impacted by the recall, refer to the Philips Respironics website.
What Should You Do Next?
If you or a loved one is affected by the BiPap machines recall, or CPAP machines recall, you should contact your doctor right away to discuss the next steps. Depending on your obstructive sleep apnea severity, they may advise you to discontinue use until you can find a replacement. Do not discontinue use without first speaking to your physician.
After you contact your doctor and follow the next steps medically, you should contact an injury lawyer. A CPAP lawyer can help you navigate through the process of your Philips CPAP recall lawsuit.
Finding a CPAP Recall Lawyer
Rubenstein Law Office is committed to fighting for your financial compensation against medical device companies. The Rubenstein Law Office has experience with fighting other medical device recalls in the past. You or your loved one may be able to file a CPAP machine and class-action lawsuit against the manufacturer, retailer, doctor, hospital, clinic, or medical sales representative. In addition, financial compensation may be rewarded for additional medical expenses, emotional distress, pain, suffering, and more. The lawyers representing CPAP victims at Rubenstein Law understand that medical device lawsuits are overwhelming and frightening. Therefore, Rubenstein Law offices are available 24/7, including nights and weekends, to answer your questions. The office of Rubenstein Law promises that you will not have to pay fees or costs unless you receive compensation. They are committed to your case. The lawyers at the Rubenstein Law office want you to understand your rights and receive the compensation you deserve.
Compensation for CPAP Victims
The Philips Respironics recall impacts many patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Patients use these devices every night and could be breathing in hazardous chemicals. Since the devices impacted by the recall go back to 2009 some patients may have been breathing in these chemicals for years. If you or your loved one used a Philips Respironics CPAP machine that has since been recalled make sure you contact Rubenstein Law today. Their experienced and dedicated lawyers will help you get the financial compensation you or your loved one deserve. Unfortunately, medical device cases can be complicated, so you must have a legal team ready to fight for your case. You need a legal team with the experience and expertise that the Rubenstein Law office can offer.
Contact us at the Rubenstein Law office today to schedule a free consultation and find out how you can receive compensation for your CPAP recall case today.