Philips Respironics Recall Issued For CPAP Foam Problems: Cancer and Health Risks

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted July 6, 2021


The Philips Respironics recall includes several million DreamStation CPAP machines, BiPAP machines and ventilators. The Philips CPAP recall is a result of foam problems that may releaseblack debris or toxic chemicals into the airway, potentially increasing the risk of cancer and other serious health problems.

Will there be a CPAP Recall Lawsuit against Philips?

While the specific side effects are still being investigated, the product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating potential Philips Respironics CPAP recall lawsuits for individuals who have used one of these defective machines for at least three months and experienced any of the following:

  • Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Heart Attack, Heart Failure or Stroke
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Hypersensitivity Reaction
  • Asthma
  • Other Health Problems

To find out if you or a loved one may be entitled to a Philips Respironics recall settlement, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

When was the Philips Dreamstation CPAP recall?

Although the first warnings about foam problems with CPAP machines were disclosed in an investor report in April 2021, the Philips Respironics recall was first posted by the manufacturer on June 14, 2021.

An estimated 3.5 million CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator devices were impacted by the recall, each containing a PE-PUR sound abatement foam that is designed to reduce noise and vibrations of the machine. However, the polyester-based polyurethan foam can degrade and release particulate matter and toxic gas into the users respiratory airway.

Most of the devices impacted by the Philips Respironics recall are the company’s DreamStation CPAP machines. However, 18 different products sold between 2009 and April 2021 have been recalled.

Which Philips Respironics Machines are being recalled?

A complete list of the recalled Philips Respironics CPAP, BiPap and ventilator machines can be found in an FDA Safety Communication issued on June 30, 2021.

Philips Respironics has also released images of the different machines that may contain the defective foam, which may be helpful identifying if you have a recalled CPAP machine.

Recalled Philips Respironics CPAP and BiLevel PAP Device Images

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Recalled Philips Respironics Mechanical Ventilator Device Images

Philips Respironics Continuous Ventilator Images
Philips Respironics Non Life Supporting Ventilator Images

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Contact Our Philips Respironics Recall Lawyers To Protect Your Rights

If you or a loved one may have suffered a physical injury after exposure to a recalled Philips Respironics CPAP machine, BiPAP machine or ventilator, financial compensation may be available from the manufacturer to cover:

  • CPAP machine replacement or repair costs;
  • Medical bills for treatments required due to the foam problems;
  • Monitoring for medical conditions that may develop in the future;
  • Lost wages or loss of earnings capacity;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Other damages

All cases are reviewed by our Philips Respironics recall lawyers on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket costs to hire an attorney and we only receive fees or reimbursement of expenses if we are successful obtaining a recover or settlement in your case.


7 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Linda says:

    Since using my DreamStation I have been coughing up black debris resembling soot. Also have developed bronchitis with a recurring cough.

    Posted on July 14, 2021 at 1:42 am

  • Lawrence says:

    Developed a shortness of breath about a year after start of use. Been using for about 3 years. I have a DreamStation machine. I have not been contacted about recall yet.

    Posted on July 17, 2021 at 12:34 pm

  • Leon says:

    I would like to speak to someone to review my case

    Posted on July 20, 2021 at 11:13 am

  • Shirley says:

    Been on machine for several years. Have developed breathing problems and have severe mucus drainage all day off and on , and continuous daily drainage from my ears. Also coughing up really thick mucus all day where it drains down my throat at night while I sleep.

    Posted on July 22, 2021 at 10:37 am

  • Deborah says:

    I just learned of the recall today, by accident, when I heard a recording at my local health care supplier’s business when trying to order a broken part for my machine. Had I not inquired about the reference to a recall on some equipment, I’d never have known about it. Apparently they health care company was supposed to send a certified letter to affected customers. I have used my machine for about 10 months and frequently have coughing when I begin using it at night. It may be the forced air irritating my lungs, but this recall makes me wonder if my lungs are being irritated by off-gassing from a defective machine. So distressing! I do have a call into my dr, as recommended by Philips, but haven’t heard back (just called today) if I should continue to use this machine until they provide a fix of some kind, or if I should stop using it immediately. I’d appreciate knowing what other doctors are advising. I don’t know if I should use it tonight, or not. Seems like “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”.

    Posted on July 26, 2021 at 4:26 pm

  • Richard says:

    I’ve been using Phillips bi-pap 3 years. I have developed serious respiratory problems in the past 6 months which require oxygen 24/7 at 10 liters per minute. I’m a non smoker and have no history of exposures. My physicians cannot determine cause, and are calling it incurable pulmonary fibrosis.

    Posted on August 3, 2021 at 12:06 pm

  • Mike says:

    After following instructions on the Philips website, after Consulting with my wife’s sleep doctor, and after Consulting with my wife’s durable goods provider, on or around June 19th we stopped using my wife’s Phillips dream station SUV. On June 24th my wife had respiratory failure and was admitted to the hospital where she stayed until July 2nd.

    Posted on August 6, 2021 at 9:46 am

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