June 8, 2023 — Philips CPAP machines have been linked to nearly 400 deaths, according to an update issued by the FDA.
Since April 2021, the FDA said it has received more than 105,000 medical device reports, including 385 reports of death, which are associated with toxic foam breakdown in the recalled CPAP machines.
The injuries linked to CPAP machines include cancer, pneumonia, asthma, other respiratory problems, infection, headache, cough, dyspnea (difficulty breathing), dizziness, nodules, and chest pain.
Philips recalled millions of CPAP machines, ventilators, and BiPAP machines due to the breakdown of a sound-abatement foam (also known as PE-PUR foam or Polyester-Based Polyurethane).
The foam was intended to reduce noise and vibrations while the sleep apnea machines were being used at night. Instead, patients began finding tiny black particles in the tubing, face masks, or their mouths.
Philips quickly discovered that the foam could disintegrate and release tiny particles into the air that a patient was breathing. The foam could also “off-gas” toxic chemicals that could cause health problems.
Philips is currently facing more than 300 lawsuits, but lawyers expect the number of claims to grow rapidly as people continue to be diagnosed with serious health problems.
The majority of these lawsuits have been centralized in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 3014) in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania under District Judge Joy Flowers Conti — MDL 3014 In Re: Philips Recalled CPAP, Bi-Level Pap, and Mechanical Ventilator Products Litigation.
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