Philips Recalls Millions of Sleep Apnea Machines for Potential Cancer Risk

Medical device manufacturer Philips recalls sleep apnea machines and ventilators containing foam that could put users at risk of cancer or other health issues. According to a USA Today news report, the company recalled millions of Philips Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), and mechanical ventilator devices. Some concerns using machines containing potentially damaging foam could create a significant risk.

The Issue With the Machines

The defect in these products is related to polyester-based polyurethane sound abatement foam in the devices. Over time, the foam can degrade and cause harmful effects when cleaned incorrectly or exposed to high heat and humidity. Philips said there have been no reports of deaths, but it acknowledged the potential risks of particulate exposure include “headache, irritation, inflammation, respiratory issues, and possible toxic and carcinogenic effects.”

Philips is one of the most giant sleep apnea machine and ventilator manufacturers. The company says it has not received any reports regarding patient impact related to these chemical emissions. However, patients who have these devices at home are urged to consult with their doctors about whether to adjust their treatment plans. Philips says the benefits of using the devices may outweigh the risks in some cases.

Medical Device Defects

Defective medical devices have the potential to cause serious health complications. In recent years, our product defect attorneys have seen some medical devices that have caused major issues for patients. These include transvaginal mesh implants, metal hip implants, and knee implants. Pacemakers for heart issues are also another example of medical devices that could malfunction.

While sleep apnea machines are for external use, they are also medical devices that can be prescribed and used to treat specific conditions. Individuals may face additional and unnecessary surgeries and expenses when such devices fail.

If you or a loved one has developed cancer as the result of one of these sleep apnea machines or has suffered adverse health effects as a result of other defective medical devices, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. An experienced California product defect lawyer can help you pursue maximum compensation for the losses you have endured.


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