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CPAP Sleep Apnea Machines Recalled Due to Cancer Risk - The Foam Emits Carcinogens that Enter the Patient's Airway

Posted by Stephanie Sherman | Sep 03, 2021 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Philips issued a voluntary recall for some models of BiPAP, CPAP and ventilator devices last month because of potential health risks, some of which can be serious or life threatening.

Philips' Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP), continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and continuous ventilator devices provide breathing assistance to patients with sleep apnea and other breathing problems.

In the FDA's Safety Communication, the agency said, “The polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam, which is used to reduce sound and vibration in these affected devices, may break down and potentially enter the device's air pathway.”  The foam in the CPAP machines contains polyurethane, a petrochemical resin that contains known respiratory toxins called isocyanates. When the polyurethane foam breaks down, it emits gases that are carcinogenic.  Users that have inhaled or ingested particles and chemicals released from the broken down foam are at an increased cancer risk, and risk of respiratory problems and other health issues.

“We deeply regret any concern and inconvenience that patients using the affected devices will experience because of the proactive measures we are announcing today to ensure patient safety,” Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips, said in the company's original press release on June 14, 2021.

Recalled Philips device brands include:

  • Trilogy 100
  • Trilogy 200
  • Garbin Plus
  • Aeris
  • LifeVent
  • BiPAP V30
  • BiPAP A30/A40 Series Device Models
  • DreamStation
  • Dorma 400 and 500
  • SystemOne (Q-Series)
  • C-Series ASV
  • REMstar SE Auto
  • E30

Philips is recalling all devices and all serial numbers manufactured between 2009 and April 26, 2021. For a complete list, refer to Philips' Urgent Medical Device Recall.  Most of the devices come from Philips' DreamStation line. 

Medical Conditions and Cancers Caused by Inhaling the Toxic Fumes and Particles from the Defective CPAP Machines Include:

  • Heart Attack
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Damage
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Airway Inflammation/Irritation
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Stroke
  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Breast cancer
  • Lymphatic cancer
  • nasal cancer
  • non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Brain cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Prostate cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Hematopoietic cancer
  • Papillary carcinoma and other thyroid cancers

Sherman Law is currently evaluating injury and cancer claims resulting from the use of the recalled Philips CPAP sleep apnea machines. If you or a loved one has used one of the recalled Philips CPAP machines and been diagnosed with cancer since using the device, contact Sherman Law immediately.

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Stephanie Sherman

On June 1, 2022, I joined the nationwide award-winning law firm, Baum Hedlund.  I am grateful to join this elite group of trailblazers that is so deeply committed to taking on tough cases and fighting for the underdog. You can still reach me here, via my bio page or at 800-827-0087. Stephani...

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