Philips CPAP Recall

The Philips CPAP recall includes the Philips Dreamstation and other popular CPAP machines. Philips Respironics recalled the devices because degraded sound abatement foam in the machines may cause serious health issues, including: Cancer, respiratory inflammation and other toxic effects.

Last Modified: September 13, 2021
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Why Is Philips Recalling Their CPAP Machines?

Philips recalled their CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator devices in June 2021 because of potential health risks. The health risks come from sound abatement foam used to keep the machines quiet and reduce vibration.

In July 2021, the FDA classified the Philips CPAP recall as a Class I recall. This means the recalled product may cause serious injury or death.
Source: FDA

The foam may degrade and release particles and toxic gases into the machine’s airways that users may inhale or swallow. Lab tests showed degraded foam and gases contain several toxic and cancer-causing chemicals. Devices that are more than three years old or exposed to high heat or humid environments are more likely to have degraded foam.

The CPAP maker said people who inhale or ingest foam particles or gases may suffer from toxic, carcinogenic and respiratory effects.

Which Philips CPAP Models Are Being Recalled?

The recall doesn’t affect all of Philips’ breathing devices. About 80% of the affected devices are CPAP machines and about 20% are ventilators, Philips spokesman Steve Klink told Reuters.

Most of the devices come from Philips’ DreamStation line. The recall affects all serial numbers of the following affected devices manufactured between 2009 and April 26, 2021.

More than half of the affected devices are in the U.S., according to Philips.

Recalled Philips device brands include:
  • Aeris
  • BiPAP A30/A40 Series Device Models
  • BiPAP V30
  • C-Series ASV
  • Dorma 400 and 500
  • DreamStation
  • E30
  • Garbin Plus
  • LifeVent
  • REMstar SE Auto
  • SystemOne (Q-Series)
  • Trilogy 100
  • Trilogy 200

How to Know if Your Model Has Been Recalled

People who use a Philips CPAP can check Philip’s device registration and recall contact information page. This page lists all the recalled machines along with pictures to help users check their devices.

If you aren’t sure if your machine is affected, Philips has set up a registration process that allows users and caregivers to look up the serial number of their device. They also have an instructional video that shows you how to register the device.

Users and caregivers can also call 877-907-7508.

Did you develop cancer, respiratory issues or other serious health problems after using a Philips CPAP machine?

How Can I Replace a Recalled CPAP?

Philips has said they have a comprehensive repair and replace program for recalled CPAP machines. On Sept. 1, 2021, Philips announced that it received its authorization from FDA to begin replacing the problematic foam in affected devices or replacing them with new DreamStation 2 models in the U.S.

Users and caregivers can register for this program on the Philips’ website. The repair and replacement should take about 12 months, Philips said in its Sept. 1, 2021 press release.

Your doctor may tell you to try CPAP alternatives, such as lifestyle changes, nasal decongestants, losing weight or surgery.

What if I Can’t Wait for a CPAP Replacement?

If you can’t wait for Philips to replace your CPAP machine, your doctor may recommend that you continue to use your recalled device if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Otherwise, you may choose to get a new CPAP machine from another company. Philips also makes a newer CPAP model called the DreamStation 2, which is not affected by the recall.

Health Risks of Using a Recalled CPAP Machine

In addition to general Philips CPAP side effects, recalled machines pose unique risks because of exposure to particles or gases from degraded foam. These include: Chemical exposure risk, toxic effects, cancer and respiratory issues.

So far, Philips has not received reports of any deaths linked to the device or issues from chemical exposure.

Potential risks associated with recalled devices, include:
  • Irritation (skin, eye, and respiratory tract)
  • Cough
  • Chest pressure
  • Sinus infection
  • Inflammatory response
  • Headache
  • Asthma
  • Organ problems (e.g. kidneys and liver)
  • Carcinogenic effects (risk of various cancers)

What to Do If Your CPAP Has Been Recalled

The FDA recommends people using a recalled Philips CPAP machine talk to their medical provider to discuss their treatment options.

Your provider may decide to:
  • Stop your CPAP treatment.
  • Recommend another CPAP machine that has not been recalled.
  • Try other treatments, such as oral appliances or positional therapy.
  • Suggest lifestyle therapies for sleep apnea including losing weight, stopping smoking, avoiding alcohol or surgical options.
  • Recommend you continue to use the device if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Patients who suffered injuries from a recalled device may choose to file a Philips CPAP lawsuit. Family members may also file lawsuits on behalf of their loved ones.

Make sure to speak to a lawyer right away because there is a time limit to file — called a statute of limitations — that is different in each state.

Please seek the advice of a medical professional before making health care decisions.