Philips Respironics Cancer Lawsuits
If you have a Philips Respironics device, you could be at risk for cancer. A recall in mid-2021 reveals evidence the company was aware of problems with its products. People that used these products may have a valid claim for compensation.
What Is Philips Respironics?
Philips Respironics is a medical device manufacturer. The company makes devices like CPAP and BiPAP machines. These machines are prescribed to treat patients with sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder. With sleep apnea, a person’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. This is a potentially serious and life-threatening health problem. Treatment for sleep apnea often includes a breathing assistance device.
Breathing Assistance Devices
Doctors treat sleep apnea with breathing assistance devices, like CPAP and BiPAP machines. These devices help patients with sleep apnea.
How Can A CPAP Cause Cancer?
CPAP and BiPAP devices push air through the mouth and nose into the lungs. Philips Respironics cancer lawsuits link the materials it used to certain cancers.
Philips used materials with known carcinogens as a sound and vibration dampener. While the carcinogens aren’t harmful to the touch, they cause cancer when they enter the lungs. The materials the company used deteriorate over time. When the foam breaks down, particles travel through breathing tubes into the user’s lungs.
Philips used PE-PUR foam to reduce sound and vibration in its products. PE-PUR is a polyester-based polyurethane foam product. Effects of exposure to this product include:
- eye and/or skin irritation
- inflammatory response
- toxic or carcinogenic effects to organs (kidney, liver, lungs, etc.)
Because the materials are hidden from view, many users won’t even know if there is a problem. But, Philips Respironics received reports of problems from users for some time before the FDA became involved.
Philips Respironics Recall
Despite complaints from users over the years, Philips didn’t do anything. In July of 2021, the FDA got involved and issued a Class I recall. The FDA warned users of very serious dangers related to the use of Philips Respironics machines.
Dangerous CPAP Machines
Certain medical devices from Philips Respironics can cause cancer. If you have one of these machines, talk to an injury lawyer about your options. Not everyone will have a case, but it is important to understand your rights.
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