The US Food and Drug Administration issued a recall of some Philips Respironics CPAP, BiPAP and ASV due to health risks posed by the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam which can break down overtime and potentially enter the air pathway of the devices. For devices that have been manufactured prior to April 26, 2021, the foam, which is used to minimize sound and vibration while the device is in use, may break down or degrade during regular/intended use and cause black debris and chemicals to be released and inhaled or swallowed by the user.
According to the FDA, “The potential risks of exposure to chemicals released into the device’s air pathway from the PE-PUR foam include headache; dizziness; irritation in the eyes, nose, respiratory tract, and skin; hypersensitivity; nausea/vomiting; and toxic and carcinogenic effects.”
The PE-PUR foam used in the Philips Respironic devices has been linked to various forms of cancer, including:
• Breast cancer
• Lymphatic cancer
• Liver cancer
• Nasal cancer
• Lung cancer
• Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)
• Brain cancer
• Multiple myeloma
• Prostate cancer
• Bladder cancers
• Testicular cancer
• Stomach cancer
• Papillary thyroid carcinoma
• Other thyroid cancers
• Blood cancers
• Kidney cancer
• Spleen cancer
• Rectal cancer
Inhalation of these particles may also manifest to other non-cancerous ailments such as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, as well as other lung, liver and kidney diseases.
If you have been using a Philips Respironics CPAP, BiPAP, ASV or Ventilator and suspect that symptoms you are experiencing are a result of the Philips Respironics recall, consult your healthcare provider immediately.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration encourages you to report any problems by completing the MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form.
Our Defective Product Attorneys have years of experience defending the rights of consumers who have been injured by dangerous or defective products. Victims to this recall may be entitled to recover the following damages:
Medical expenses, including hospital stays, doctor’s appointments, medications and the cost of a replacement breathing device;
Lost wages or loss of future earnings;
Pain and suffering; and/or
Punitive damages, if applicable.
If you or a loved one uses the Philips Respironics CPAP, BiPAP, ASV or Ventilator and recently has been diagnosed with cancer or suspect that symptoms you are experiencing are a result of the Philips Respironic devices, call us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation.
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