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Why Philips recalled four million sleep apnea machines

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Wondering why Philips has recalled all their CPAP machines made between April 2019 and April 2021? Here’s the lowdown.

In April of this year (2021), the FDA held a review of the CPAP machines used by Philips Respironics. They found that some of the BiPAP and CPAP machines they had been selling were not fit for purpose. Not only were the products degrading, but while they were degrading, they were creating a substantial risk to human health. In one announcement, the FDA used the words “Life-Threatening”.

Sleep Apnea Affects Over 22 Million Americans

Since 26% of Americans are currently suffering from Sleep apnea[1], a horrendous condition that causes them to stop breathing in their sleep, this is a huge problem. People have routinely prescribed CPAP and BiPAP machines as a treatment for this condition since these machines have been shown in studies[2] to reduce the risk of cardiac issues caused by sleep apnea.

It is thought that more than 4 million machines have been recalled due to the risk of lung disease and cancer. This amounts to a potentially huge lawsuit for the Philips brand. All machines created between April 2019 and April of 2021 are thought to have been affected. Other forms of ventilation equipment have also made the list.

If you have suffered from injuries from Philips CPAP machine, then you should find a lawyer and file a claim. Philips has endangered the lives of more than 4 million Americans. They should be held accountable for their actions.

Which CPAP and BiPAP machines were affected?

The worry is that the FDA findings linked these machines to lung diseases and even to cancer. The polyurethane foam used in the making of the machines is the part proving to be dangerous as it ages. If you are using one of these devices, you should see your doctor and consider that lawsuit if there is anything amiss.

According to a WebMD report, 80% of the devices are CPAP and 20% Bilevel PAP machines. They also reported that Philips issued a statement of apology for the inconvenience and concern patients using the devices might have. They have been offering to repair or replace recalled products. In addition, they have been giving regular statements and updates of their own. You can follow along with their press releases here if you have been affected.

The devices currently being recalled by Philips include:

  • E30 with humidifier
  • DreamStation ASV, ST, Go, original, and AVAPS
  • System One ASV4 and Q Series
  • The Dorma 400 and 500 models
  • The REMstar SE Auto
  • C-Series S/T and AVAPS, ASV
  • Omnilab Advanced+
  • Any other product codes marked BZD or MNS

Philips would like it to be known that their newest model, the DreamStation 2, is not affected and has not been recalled.

What to do if you have been using a faulty CPAP machine?

As we mentioned above, you should comply with the product recall unless it is life-threatening for you to live without your CPAP. Next, get a full lung screening and a full cancer screening from your doctor. If you have any illnesses that resulted from the CPAP machine, it’s time to lawyer up. Don’t let them get away with it. We deserve better.

[1] https://aasm.org/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/