Long-Term Side Effects of Philips CPAP Machines Cause Widespread Concerns Following Recall

Lawsuit alleges Philips knew about health risks with DreamStation, CPAP, BiPAP and mechanical ventilators yet failed to issue a recall or warnings

Following a massive recall of Philips CPAP, BiPAP and mechanical ventilator machines issued earlier this summer, millions of sleep apnea sufferers have been left with many unanswered questions about the potential long-term side effects and health problems they may face after inhaling toxic particles and chemicals released by defective sound abatement foam in the machines.

On June 14, Philips Respironics, also known as Koninklijke Philips, recalled approximately 3.5 million breathing machines that contained a polyester-based polyurethan (PE-PUR) foam, which was intended to reduce vibrations and noise. However, the company now indicates that the machines pose a serious health risk for users, as the foam may degrade and release black particles or toxic gases directly into the air pathways of the machine and lungs of users, who often use the devices regularly for treatment of sleep apnea and other respiratory conditions.

More than two months after the recall, little information or guidance has been provided by the manufacturer about the potential long-term side effects Philips CPAP machines may cause. However, independent reports indicate that long-term users have developed various types of cancer, respiratory failure, pulmonary fibrosis, auto-immune disorders, heart conditions, kidney disease, liver disease, and other chronic problems.

Philips CPAP Recall Lawsuit

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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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According to allegations raised in a number of Philips CPAP machine lawsuits, chemicals contained in the degraded foam may include: toluene diamine, which has been deemed a “potential carcinogen” by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and health; toluene diisocyanate, which has been labeled as “highly toxic” by the European Union; and diethylene glycol, which health officials have indicated “cannot be considered safe.”

As the foam breaks down, harmful gas emissions may also be released by the Philips CPAP PE-PUR foam, including Dimethyl Diazine and Phenol, 2,6-bis (1,1-dimethylethyl)-4-(1-methylpropyl).

Although users have been urged to immediately stop using their Philips CPAP/BiPap machines for sleep apnea therapy, no confirmation has been provided about the types of symptoms or injuries they should monitor for, how much exposure is considered too dangerous or what treatments they may require in the future.

Last month, the FDA issued a list of Frequently Asked Questions in order to provide some information not being provided by Philips for concerned CPAP users. However, even that provided no information on what types of illnesses might be linked to the recalled devices, and only advised them they could continue using the devices if the health care provider determines the benefits outweigh the risks.

It remains unclear how doctors could make that determination if nobody has informed the medical community, or the public, what those actual risks might be.

The Philips CPAP recall has left millions of individuals without therapy for their sleep apnea, since no CPAP machine recall repairs or replacement program has been initiated, and mounting concerns about the potential long term side effects they may face after years of inhaling the toxic foam.

The Dutch manufacturer, Koninklijke Philips, N.V. generated over $23 billion in revenue last year, and is expected to face massive liability over the next few years from CPAP machine settlements, as a growing number of individual and class action claims continue to be filed in courts nationwide, including both class action claims that seek reimbursements for the costs of purchasing CPAP machine replacements and medical monitoring, as well as personal injury claims brought by users who have already been diagnosed with cancer, lung damage or other ailments allegedly caused by exposure to the toxic particles.

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5 Comments

  • JamesApril 25, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    I also has a CPAP that was in the recall, I suffered from a stroke caused by a blood clot on April 9 2021. Are blood clots part of the law suite?

  • LatrishaJune 13, 2022 at 4:57 am

    Back in 2020 I had got sick February and had to be put on oxygen and then after that I had a sleep test done on me and then I received my sleep apnea machine everything was going good at first then I started to have problems with my breathing so as time went by I in up getting sick again in December so I didn't think the sleep apnea machine was messing me up I didn't know so then after that I was [Show More]Back in 2020 I had got sick February and had to be put on oxygen and then after that I had a sleep test done on me and then I received my sleep apnea machine everything was going good at first then I started to have problems with my breathing so as time went by I in up getting sick again in December so I didn't think the sleep apnea machine was messing me up I didn't know so then after that I was released from the hospital and went back home and then I had to get a CT scan of my lungs and the doctor said that I had some spots on my lungs and after everything went down hill from there.

  • teresaNovember 7, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    I developed blood clots in both my lungs 5 years ago. Even after Ct's and Ultrasounds...the doctor couldn't figure out how the clots started. Now just wondering if its because of my recalled Clap machine...as I still have have severe breathing issues

  • WilliamOctober 7, 2021 at 6:45 am

    Alright I've been complaining of weakness of voice people say they can't hear me and I seem to be talking what I think is my normal vocal My hearing isn't that good but I have problem now with others hearing me rather than my hearing them I even went to the doctor a couple of years ago saying there's something wrong and all I got for an answer was for an answer was from the people I went to was oh[Show More]Alright I've been complaining of weakness of voice people say they can't hear me and I seem to be talking what I think is my normal vocal My hearing isn't that good but I have problem now with others hearing me rather than my hearing them I even went to the doctor a couple of years ago saying there's something wrong and all I got for an answer was for an answer was from the people I went to was oh it's just age well damn people don't just get weak and voice I don't think from age so I have been concerned about it am I the only one that has had this is the others out there that have had this problem too let me know thank you

  • FrancisSeptember 19, 2021 at 2:21 am

    I have been tested and have polyurethane and other chemicals In my body. I registered my machine with Philips. I am experiencing shortness of breath and other symptoms. I am really struggling with not being able to use this machine.

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