Medical manufacturer Royal Philips announced a voluntarily recall in June 2021 for several of its several respiratory devices amid reports that the machine’s sound abatement foam may degrade and release toxic gasses and particles that could cause chronic respiratory illnesses, poison the user, or cause cancer. The recall affects several Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), and mechanical ventilator devices Philips manufactures.
Millions of people rely on CPAP, Bi-Level PAP and other mechanical breathing aids to treat sleep apnea. Unbeknownst to some, the machine they need in order to breathe may actually be releasing dangerous toxins and particles that can be inhaled or ingested. The recalled machines were made with a type of foam that may degrade over time and release carcinogens. The foam degradation may be accelerated in environments with high heat and high humidity. The manufacturer also suspects certain cleaning products, specifically ozone-cleaning devices, can cause the degradation of foam.
If you use one of the recalled devices and suffered complications, you may have a claim.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall was issued for multiple devices. The FDA issued a Safety Communication in June 2021 stating, “These issues can result in serious injury, which can be life-threatening, cause permanent impairment, and require medical intervention to prevent permanent damage.” According to Philips, possible injuries from recalled products fall into these categories:
- Carcinogenic effects
- Toxic effects
- Respiratory issues
- Chemical exposure risk
Scovern Law has extensive experience litigating for patients harmed by defective medical devices. We understand that you may not be familiar with every aspect of your or your loved one’s medical device. We have the experience needed to determine if you have been affected and guide you through a potential legal claim. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with a chronic respirator illness, cancer or other significant health problems using a Philips CPAP, BiLevel PAP or mechanical ventilator, call SCOVERN LAW 1.888.725.1890.