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Defective Device Recall Attorneys for affected patients and their families allege that the potential risks of particulate exposure while using a Philips CPAP or BiPAP device include headache, irritation, inflammation, respiratory issues, and possible toxic and carcinogenic effects. The potential risks of chemical exposure due to off-gassing include headache, irritation, hypersensitivity, nausea/vomiting, and possible toxic and carcinogenic effects.
Philips is aware of consumers finding black debris within the air-path tube and feeling sick. Potential risks from exposure to the foam include headache, irritation, inflammation, respiratory issues, and possible toxic and carcinogenic effects. Risks from chemical exposure include headache, irritation, hypersensitivity, nausea/vomiting, and possible toxic and carcinogenic effects.
Philips Is Not the First Firm to be Sued Over Chemical Exposure to Foam
A $90 billion whistleblower suit was filed against four of the nation’s largest chemical companies in 2016; BASF Corporation, Bayer Material Science LLC, Dow Chemical and Huntsman International were named in a false claims act. The suit demanded the companies be held liable to the US government for billions of dollars in penalties and breach of contract damages.
What Do We Know About Foams and Gases?
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that these toxic foams include compounds that are known carcinogens - exposure causing irritation to skin and mucous membranes.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long known that inhalation of gases released by some foams can cause harm to human health.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common condition in the U.S. that occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked during sleep, reducing or stopping airflow. The majority of those affected with sleep apnea remain undiagnosed. A mechanical device such as a CPAP machine can be used to treat sleep apnea by pumping air through a tube into a mask worn by a person with sleep apnea.
What Is a Philips CPAP or BiPAP Device?
Philips CPAP and BiPAP Devices both create positive airway pressure to assist a person’s breathing overnight.
Why Is the Philips CPAP or BiPAP Device Bad?
In certain conditions the Philips CPAP device’s insulating foam can off-gas, causing irritation and releasing known potentially carcinogenic chemicals.
What Is Chemical Off-gassing?
A “recipe” for foam will include a list of chemicals. Foams are created by expanding chemicals into their solid form. Most chemical reactions result in a portion of the chemicals becoming gas rather than solid. Large factories collect these gaseous chemicals and vent them through flares. Flares are the huge towers that may or may not have flames visible. These flames are the result of burning away the toxic chemical gases.
With some foams, a small amount of gas will continue to emanate from the solid material. Sometimes you can smell these chemicals and sometimes they are not apparent.
Which Devices Are Recalled?
All recalled devices were manufactured prior to April 26, 2021, and all serial numbers of these devices are included:
- SystemOne Q Series
- DreamStation CPAP, Auto CPAP, BiPAP
- DreamStation GO CPAP and APAP
- Dorma 400/500 CPAP
- REMStar SE Auto CPAP
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation SV/AVAPS
- SystemOne ASV4
- C Series ASV, S/T, AVAPS
- OmniLab Advanced Plus In-Lab Titration Device
- E30 Continuous Ventilator
- Trilogy 100 Ventilator
- Trilogy 200 Ventilator
- Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent Ventilator
- A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30 (not marketed in the U.S.)
- A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto
- A-Series BiPAP V30 (not marketed in the U.S.)
How Safe Is the Replacement Foam in My Recalled, Replaced Philips C-PAP machine?
Originally approved by the FDA after testing by Philips, it has now been discovered that the replacement foam emits VOCs, another kind of gas that is a known irritant and carcinogen.
Can I Be Part of the Philips Device Recall Lawsuit?
Our Defective Device Attorneys are investigating cases of irritation and cancers related to off-gassing chemicals in Philips’ devices. If you or someone you love has been affected by a Philips device, we will review your case for free. Please contact us today at (insert link) or at 1-800-MEDMAL1 to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our Defective Device Attorneys. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact our Defective Device Attorneys if you or your loved one have been diagnosed with one of these cancers after using one of or more of the above-mentioned Philips devices and have not smoked for at least 10 years.
- Bladder cancer
- Brain Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Hematopoietic Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Lymphatic Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Nasal Cancer
- Thyroid related cancers
- Papillary Carcinoma
- Prostate Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
Contact our Defective Device Attorneys if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a new or worsening case of the following non-cancer illnesses.
- Pulmonary edema
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Other lung disease/condition
- Hyper- or hypothyroid disease
- Liver disease/damage
- Kidney disease/damage