Since the July 2021 recall of CPAP machines manufactured by Philips Respironics, more than 3.5 million users have been affected worldwide and 600,000 of our US military veterans have been issued these recalled CPAP machines.
Philips Respironics recalled millions of CPAP and BiPAP machines because degraded PE-PUR sound abatement foam in the machines may break down and cause serious health issues, including: Cancer, respiratory inflammation and other toxic effects. The Philips CPAP recall includes the Philips Dreamstation and other popular CPAP machines.
In July 2021, the FDA classified the Philips CPAP recall as a Class I recall. This means the recalled product may cause serious injury or death. The foam may degrade and release particles and toxic gases into the machine’s airways that users may inhale or swallow. Lab tests showed degraded foam and gases contain several toxic and cancer-causing chemicals. Devices that are more than three years old or exposed to high heat or humid environments are more likely to have degraded foam.
The CPAP maker said people who inhale or ingest foam particles or gases may suffer from toxic, carcinogenic and respiratory effects.
The manufacturer has warned that these dangers are heightened in machines that are 3 years or older.
For military veterans who use CPAP machines they should check with the VA to determine the safest course of action, if they haven't done so already.
At Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin, we support our courageous military veterans and would be pleased to discuss with them their legal options.