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Philips CPAP Machine Lawsuit

Patients who developed lung injuries or cancer after using a Philips CPAP machine may be eligible to pursue a claim and seek financial compensation.

The Philips CPAP machine is used by individuals who suffer from sleep apnea, a sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Numerous CPAP machines and ventilators were recalled by Philips due to issues with foam disintegration. Chemicals from the foam cause users to ingest and inhale toxic and possibly carcinogenic particles which cause serious health issues such as cancer. As a result, patients and their families have filed lawsuits against Philips for failing to warn users of the health risks involved in using their devices.

If you or a loved one used a Philips CPAP machine and developed lung problems and/or cancer, contact Maxwell Law Group LLP today. We can answer your questions and review your case for free.

 

For help understanding your options if you’ve been injured by a Philips CPAP Machine, reach out to our firm or call (844) 525-7155.

What is the Philips CPAP Machine?

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are prescribed to individuals who are suffering from sleep apnea, a sleep condition where a person randomly and repeatedly stops and starts breathing throughout the sleep cycle. It uses a mask or nosepiece to provide constant and steady airflow.

Philips Respironics has a variety of CPAP machine models and is one of the most prescribed CPAP therapy systems for treating sleep apnea in the US, catering to 62.8% of the airflow system market in 2020.

Philips CPAP Machine Quick Facts

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Respiration therapy system for sleep apnea

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SIDE EFFECTS

Lung injuries and cancer

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Philips Respironics

How Does the Philips CPAP Machine Work?

CPAP machines deliver a steady flow of air through a tube connected from the machine to a mask worn by the user during sleep.

The machine creates pressure in the airway so it remains open and the delivery of air to the user is consistent and continuous.

A sleep specialist will prescribe the correct pressure for each patient based on the pressure needed to keep the airway open.

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Risks and Warnings

Philips issued a public safety notice in April 2021 warning their CPAP machine and ventilator users of the potential health risks identified in a foam component of the machine called polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR). 

PE-PUR foam is used to lessen the sound vibration of the machine while in use. It does not pose any harm when intact, but when broken down, it releases black particles that are harmful to the body. These toxic particles enter the user’s system through inhalation or ingestion and cause respiratory issues, organ damage, and cancer.

On June 14, 2021, announced a voluntary recall of its CPAP machines and ventilators. It is estimated that 80% of the 4 million devices are from the CPAP DreamStation line. The recall is due to the potential health risks PE-PUR particles pose to the users.

The following Philips machines are included in the recall announcement: 

CPAP and BiPAP Devices
E30 (Emergency Use Authorization)Noncontinuous Ventilator
DreamStation ASVSystemOne (Q-Series)
DreamStation ST, AVAPSDreamStation
SystemOne ASV4DreamStation Go
C-Series ASVDorma 400
C-Series S/T and AVAPSDorma 500
Dorma CPAPREMstar SE Auto
Ventilators
Trilogy 100A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto
Trilogy 200A-Series BiPAP A40
Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVentA-Series BiPAP A30

The time you have to pursue a claim is limited. Do not wait to reach out to our firm or call (844) 525-7155 to see if you have a case.

Injuries from Philips CPAP Machine

Potential health risks of inhaling or ingesting the disintegrated foam component PE-PUR from Philips CPAP machines include:

  • Respiratory issues
    • Cough
    • Sinus infection
    • Airway inflammation and irritation
    • Asthma
    • Unusual chest pressure
    • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
    • Respiratory failure
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Organ damage particularly in the lungs, liver, and kidneys
  • Various types of cancer

Potential health risks of inhaling or ingesting the disintegrated foam component PE-PUR from Philips CPAP machines include:

  • Respiratory issues
    • Cough
    • Sinus infection
    • Airway inflammation and irritation
    • Asthma
    • Unusual chest pressure
    • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
    • Respiratory failure
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Dizziness
    • Organ damage particularly in the lungs, liver, and kidneys
    • Various types of cancer

Philips CPAP Machine Lawsuits

Immediately after Philips announced the CPAP machine product recall, lawsuits were filed by users who suffered health problems because of the device. The very first lawsuits were filed on June 17, 2021. The lawsuits claim that Philips was aware of the machine’s health risks early on but failed to warn the public.

In July 2021, a motion was filed with the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate all pending and future Philips CPAP machine lawsuits into new multidistrict litigation (MDL).

The FDA withdrew its approval of the Phillips “repair and replace” program for their CPAP machines on November 2021. The program offered to replace the degrading PE-PUR foam in the recalled devices with a silicon-based foam. Unfortunately, the FDA found evidence that the alternative foam could also lead to safety issues.

On March 10, 2022, the FDA sent a letter to Philips indicating its inadequate recall notice for their CPAP machines, leaving patients and suppliers unaware of the announcement and the risks linked with the medical equipment. The letter is an official acknowledgement that Philips failed to adequately notify the public about the CPAP machine recall.

How Maxwell Law Group Can Help

If you or your loved one developed lung problems or cancer after using a Philips CPAP machine, Maxwell Law Group can help get you the compensation you deserve. Call (844) 525-7155 or fill out the form below take the first step in protecting your rights.

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