Philips Respironics Recall: Cancer and Health Risks from DreamStation CPAP Foam

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted July 6, 2021


Philips Respironics recalled several million DreamStation CPAP machines, BiPAP machines and ventilators sold since 2009. The Philips CPAP recall results from problems with sound abatement foam inside the machines, which may release black debris or toxic chemicals into the airway.

While the specific side effects caused by Philips CPAP machine foam are still being investigated, there is substantial evidence that breathing these particles and gases increases the risk of cancer, respiratory injuries and other serious health problems. If you or a loved one experienced problems with a recalled Philips Respironics sleep apnea machine, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

When was the Philips Dreamstation CPAP recall first issued?

Although the first warnings about foam problems with CPAP machines were disclosed in an investor report in April 2021, the Philips Respironics recall notice was not posted by the manufacturer until 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. Check the images below to see if you were using a recalled CPAP machine:

Recalled Philips Respironics CPAP and BiLevel PAP Device Images

Philips Respironics CPAP Recall Images
Philips Respironics CPAP Recall Images
Philips Respironics Recall E30 Image

Recalled Philips Respironics Mechanical Ventilator Device Images

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

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How do I know if my Philips CPAP has been recalled?

There is no full list of serial numbers impacted by the Philips Respironics recall that has been released. Owners must begin the process of registering their unit with the manufacturer to check whether a Philips CPAP machine has been recalled. That process can be started by clicking here.

Before confirming that the serial number for your sleep apnea machine is included in the recall, it is necessary that you indicate on the first page that you are a “Patient/Device User/Caregiver” and select your country:

After hitting “Next”, you will be asked to enter your Philips CPAP serial number on the second page to check whether your device is recalled.

The serial number for recalled Philips Respironics sleep apnea machines is printed on a label on the bottom of the device, including a series of letters and numbers that follow the “SN” or “S/N” on the label.

It is important to enter the entire serial number without any spaces, and to make sure you use the number printed on the label of the actual machine, and not any attached water reservoir/tank.

What do I do if I am using a recalled Philips Respironics machine?

Immediately after determining if you or a loved one are using a recalled Philips Respironics machine, you should:

  1. Stop use of BiLevel PAP or CPAP sleep apnea devices, and contact your physician to discuss treatment alternatives;
  2. Continue to use life-sustaining ventilators, but consult with your physician as soon as possible about the health risks;

In September 2021, a Philips Respironics recall repair and replacement program was announced by the manufacturer. However, it indicates that the process will likely take over a year, leaving owners without the ability to use their CPAP machine.

The Philips Respironics recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. urge all owners to preserve their sleep apnea machine if they are considering a lawsuit and not return the device to Philips for CPAP repairs or replacements if they are considering a lawsuit. To learn more about the legal options, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

Will there be a CPAP Recall Lawsuit against Philips?

Yes. Product liability lawsuits are being investigated to pursue Philips Respironics CPAP recall settlements for individuals who have used one of these defective machines for at least three months and experienced any of the following injuries:

  • Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Failure
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Auto-Immune Disorders
  • Pneumonia
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Chronic Asthma
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Wrongful Death

Our Philips Respironics Recall Lawyers Will 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.


11 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

  • Annie says:

    I have been using the Remstar SE for years. I have a persistent cough and nasal congestion/drip. I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. I still have not been notified of the recall.

    Posted on October 8, 2021 at 11:19 am

  • Lee says:

    I was recently diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma, “Thyroid Cancer”. I was also contacted by Philips via a letter for the recall of my machine and after contacting them via phone it was confirmed that my CPAP machine was on the recall list and given a confirmation number. However I have not been given instructions on what to do.

    Posted on October 8, 2021 at 12:57 pm

  • Deborah says:

    Short of breath headach a lot sick stomach eyes irritated shivers weakNess sinus problems

    Posted on November 11, 2021 at 4:18 pm

  • Colleen says:

    I’m pissed that we got a bill to pay the c-pap a machine we can use. We only had it about a month. And our own pulimary doctors office can not get any info from Philips. I have sat here day after day for 5 months waiting to hear something. All I have done is register both machines.

    Posted on November 22, 2021 at 2:41 pm

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