FDA Reports 346 Deaths Tied to Recalled Philips CPAP Machines

FDA Reports 346 Deaths Tied to Recalled Philips CPAP Machines

On February 9, 2023, the FDA revealed nearly 350 deaths have reportedly occurred due to the recalled Philips CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator machines. From April 2021 to December 31, 2022, the FDA received 98,000 medical device reports associated with the hazardous foam in Philips devices. Nearly two years after the initial recall, individuals continue to report injuries or deaths allegedly caused by these devices at an alarming rate. 

Philips CPAP Claims 

Philips originally recalled millions of sleep apnea and ventilator devices in June 2021. The sound abatement foam could deteriorate over time, resulting in patients inhaling and ingesting toxic particles. 

Toxic particles released during the foam’s disintegration may cause cancer, organ damage, respiratory issues, and other health issues. Individuals nationwide have filed Philips CPAP lawsuits, alleging the company knew about the foam breakdown well before it finally recalled devices. 

Philips CPAP claims are increasing quickly. As of February 2023, 420 cases are pending in multidistrict litigation (MDL). An MDL helps to address lawsuits with similar allegations more efficiently. Philips CPAP attorneys are also assisting patients in filing claims in state courts. 

Injuries and Deaths Related to Philips Machines Soar

The FDA regularly updates the public on the problems associated with Philips CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator machines. Between November 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022, the FDA received 8,000 medical device reports (MDRs) for the recalled Philips devices. The agency uses MDRs to track injuries, malfunctions, and deaths for devices on the market. Of the 8,000 MDRs, 82 were reports of death. These new deaths bring the total number of reported deaths supposedly connected to Philips CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator machines to 346. Injuries reported in these MDRs include:

  • Cancer
  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma
  • Other respiratory problems
  • Infection
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Nodules
  • Chest pain

The FDA relies on mandatory reports from Philips and voluntary reports from health professionals, patients, and consumers to update these stats. When analyzing the MDRs, the agency said it would investigate the reasons for the increased reports. 

A Philips CPAP Lawyer Can Help You

If you or a loved one used a Philips ventilator or sleep apnea machine and suffered an injury, The Lake Law Firm is here to help. Reach out today to speak with a Philips CPAP attorney to see if you qualify for financial compensation.

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 525-3529.