Philips CPAP Machine Recall Lawsuits

Following a recall that impacts millions of Philips DreamStation machines and other brands of CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator devices, individuals diagnosed with cancer or suffering other health side effects may be entitled to financial compensation and settlements.

PHILIPS DREAMSTATION RECALL: On June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics issued a recall for a number of different breathing machines that contained a defective sound abatement foam made of a polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR), which may degrade and release black particles and chemicals directly into the airway of users. The Philips CPAP machine recall impacts devices sold between 2009 and April 2021.

STATUS OF PHILIPS DREAMSTATION LAWSUITS: Free consultations and case evaluations are provided by CPAP recall lawyers, and financial compensation may be available for individuals who experienced:

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Millions of recalled Philips DreamStation, CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator machines may release toxic foam particles and chemicals into the air pathway.

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MANUFACTURER: Philips Respironics, a subsidiary of the Dutch conglomerate Koninklijke Philips, N.V. “Royal Philips”

OVERVIEW: More than 15 million defective CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), BiPAP (Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure) and mechanical ventilator machines were sold with defective PE-PUR sound abatement foam, which was intended to reduce noise and vibrations from the devices.

The Philips CPAP machines are used for the treatment of sleep apnea and some other breathing disorders, most commonly sold under the brand name “DreamStation”. The sleep apnea machines push air through the nostrils and into the back of the throat by increasing air pressure, which keeps the airways open and prevents both snoring and lapses in breathing during sleep. They can also be used to help infants breathe when they are born with lungs which are not fully developed.

BiPAP machines use two-level positive airway pressure, meaning they help both with inhaling and, unlike CPAP machines, assist in exhaling as well. They are often set to monitor the breathing of the subject and activate when the user stops breathing or when their breathing decreases below a set number of breaths per minute.

Philips ventilators may be used in an ICU, hospital, nursing home or in-home care setting among individuals who require mechanical assistance to breath, providing life-sustaining treatment.

Problems with the Philips PE-PUR sound abatement foam may include:

  • Foam degradation issues may cause black particles or debris to be inhaled or swallowed;
  • Foam breakdown may release certain toxic chemicals into the machine air pathway

An estimated 80% of the recalled devise were CPAP and BiPAP machines sold primarily under the DreamStation label, according to the recall information. The remaining 20% were mechanical ventilators often used in hospital settings.

In September 2021, Philips reported that it had received authorization from the FDA to “rework” recalled first-generation DreamStation CPAP devices. The company estimates repairing or replacing the devices will take up to a year.

However, an FDA update on the recall issued in early November 2021 warned that the silicone foam used as a replacement may also release volatile organic compounds. The agency also revealed that an inspection report indicated the company knew about foam degradation problems as early as 2015, but did little to investigate the issue.

FDA inspectors warned that the recall may not have captured all of the affected devices, finding that Philips conducted “no documented investigation, risk analysis, or design failure mode effect analysis to support your firm’s rationale for which polyester polyurethane foam-containing products were affected.”

HEALTH PROBLEMS FROM PHILIPS CPAP MACHINES: Although the first warnings about the potential sound abatement foam risks with Philips machines were not issued until April 2021, it appears that the manufacturer knew or should have known about the problems for years.

Philips has received reports from users who found black debris or particles in CPAP masks tubing and headgear, as well as complaints of problems like:

  • Headache (often referred to as “CPAP Headaches”)
  • Upper Airway Irritation
  • Persistent Cough
  • Irritation in the eyes, nose or respiratory tract
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Asthma
  • Nausea and Vomiting

Both Philips and the FDA have suggested that foam degradation issues with the recalled CPAP machines could be exacerbated by the use of certain ozone or UV light cleaning methods, which are sometimes sold by third-party companies, like SoClean. This may speed up the degradation of the PE-PUR foam. Issues may also be more likely in areas with high temperatures or high humidity.

In October 2021, SoClean, which makes CPAP cleaning devices which use ozone, filed a lawsuit against Philips, claiming the CPAP manufacturer was trying to use SoClean as a “scapegoat” for problems with its recalled CPAP devices. SoClean also faces a growing number of individual and class action lawsuits itself for failing to tell CPAP users its devices emit ozone emissions.

FREE PHILIPS CPAP LAWSUIT EVALUATION: Product liability lawyers provide free consultations and claim evaluations to help determine if financial compensation and Philips DreamStation settlement benefits may be available as a result of health problems, injuries or deaths that result from the inhalation or consumption of foam particles from recalled CPAP devices, BiPAP devices and mechanical ventilators.

To request a free consultation and claim evaluation to determine whether you, a friend or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation through a lawsuit, submit information about a potential Philips DreamStation CPAP lawsuit for review by a lawyer.

14 Comments

  • LisaOctober 16, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    I've been using a recalled DreamStation CPAP for 5 years and have developed asthma, chest pain, high blood pressure, headaches, vertigo, and much more. Now they've found something in my esophagus. I'm furious at Philips and stunned that the medical community is unaware of the seriousness of this. I've been to the ER 7 times since starting to use it, and am currently admitted. Even when I tell the[Show More]I've been using a recalled DreamStation CPAP for 5 years and have developed asthma, chest pain, high blood pressure, headaches, vertigo, and much more. Now they've found something in my esophagus. I'm furious at Philips and stunned that the medical community is unaware of the seriousness of this. I've been to the ER 7 times since starting to use it, and am currently admitted. Even when I tell the doctors, they don't care. Glad I have the support of my lawyer!

  • KellyOctober 9, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    I have been using the Phillips CPAP and I have developed headaches, nosebleeds, swelling in my feet and legs, COPD and nasal pain. Chest congestion constantly. Had an eye infection in both eyes that took 6 months to heal with medications. Some days I have mental confusion and can not concentrate at work.

  • LorettaSeptember 26, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    I have used my cpap for about 5 years. I am experiencing sinus infections, dry and irritated throat, and very severe headaches. I was diagnosed last year with copd I need to know how to get a new machine .

  • ScottSeptember 23, 2021 at 6:27 am

    Since using my zphillips pap machine I be had 2 cancers form . Brain Tumor Oligodendroglioma grade 2 resulting in my frontal lobe of my brain being taken out. and 2. Indolent Lymphoma which is a form of non Hodgkin lymphoma.

  • VeraAugust 19, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    I have had my DreamStation Phillps Respironics CPAP machine for about 3 years and I am having problems breathing and staying short of breath, and it dry my nasal cannula.

  • EdwardAugust 14, 2021 at 4:07 am

    Over the last 6 years I developed sleep apnea, copd, balance problems and spindle cell carcinoma I continue to recover from. I also have a nodule on my lung. Prior to the use of my S0-Clean2, I had my right kidney removed (renal cancer) in 2008, in 1993 my cancerous thyroid was removed and in 1996 I had 2 artery heart bypass surgery. I am a 100% service connected disabled veteran with a ton of med[Show More]Over the last 6 years I developed sleep apnea, copd, balance problems and spindle cell carcinoma I continue to recover from. I also have a nodule on my lung. Prior to the use of my S0-Clean2, I had my right kidney removed (renal cancer) in 2008, in 1993 my cancerous thyroid was removed and in 1996 I had 2 artery heart bypass surgery. I am a 100% service connected disabled veteran with a ton of medical records.

  • EllyAugust 11, 2021 at 5:17 am

    Am waiting to hear if my machine is Recalled.

  • KarenAugust 10, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    I have been using the DreamStation nasal CPAP since July of 2020 and was NOT notified by Philips OR the medical supply company I received the DreamStation from of the recall in June 2021. I was only told by my healthcare at my annual checkup in August 2021. Since March I've been dealing with Vertigo/inner ear problems and headaches almost everyday, now congestion and headaches...BUT TOLD TO conti[Show More]I have been using the DreamStation nasal CPAP since July of 2020 and was NOT notified by Philips OR the medical supply company I received the DreamStation from of the recall in June 2021. I was only told by my healthcare at my annual checkup in August 2021. Since March I've been dealing with Vertigo/inner ear problems and headaches almost everyday, now congestion and headaches...BUT TOLD TO continue to use the CPAP, just discontinue the SoClean Cleaning I had been doing daily.

  • WilmaAugust 4, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    I have headaches everyday

  • EricJuly 28, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    My dads CPAP is on the recall list. He has had severe headaches and breathing issues. He has been sent to the ER with intense headaches. They said that it is inflammation in his sinus passages. This has been going on for 3 years now and still has a headache almost ever day!

  • VicenteJuly 27, 2021 at 9:18 am

    My brother was on that CPAP machine since he's now has a lung infection numerous things going on first off has down syndrome so can't voice his opinion I am his voice lung infection the biopsy that was taken doest match his diagnosis I'm so upset and don't no how this ppl. Couldn't see this coming.

  • AmberJuly 27, 2021 at 7:27 am

    Emphysema and COPD increasing sore throat and tongue..mouth, nose and eyes dry and scratchy. Terrible daily headaches using max amount of ibuprofen to relieve that does not always work. Been to Dr w/ complaint but ? Part of disease or something else? Who would have thought about it being related to my breathing device made for my medical use!?

  • NoraJuly 23, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    I have dry irritated nasal passages and constant irritation in my nose morning headaches and a spot on left lung

  • SusanJuly 18, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    I have been using mine for years and have asthma and copd. My last two cat scans showed lung irritations/infections. I noticed that my old machine was on the recall list also. I wake up a lot of mornings with headaches and my nose is constantly dry and stuffed

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