Patients who regularly rely on medical devices to keep them healthy should never have to worry about being provided with unsafe equipment. A recent recall of Philips Respironics brand CPAP, BiPAP, and mechanical ventilators has brought to light a serious concern. Patients who used these machines may be at risk of developing cancer due to the foam used inside the machine.
Understanding the risk
These medical devices contain polyurethane foam that can break down and emit carcinogenic and toxic chemicals during use, which then can be ingested or inhaled by the user. Exposure to these chemicals over time can cause certain types of cancer, respiratory issues, and other significant health issues. Urethane is listed as a probable human carcinogen by the American Cancer Society.
In June of 2021, Philipps recalled millions of CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilators. The FDA is currently working with the manufacturer to ensure that patients are properly informed about the recall. Unfortunately, Philips hasn’t been quick to take action to provide relevant information to patients and medical care providers.
The FDA believes that there are still many people using the machines unaware of the recall. Efforts are being made to get information out to those who may be at risk. Patients who have used one of the recalled machines can register the machine on the company’s website. This will help increase the speed at which a replacement machine will be provided.
Liability related to faulty medical equipment
A manufacturer who profits from the sale of medical devices must ensure that the devices are safe for people to use. When a manufacturer becomes aware that its equipment may cause harm to users, it must take swift action to inform those at risk. Unfortunately, when that doesn’t happen, victims may suffer severe health issues. Anyone who has used a Philips CPAP, BiPAP, or ventilator prior to July 1, 2021, may be at increased risk of developing lung, liver, or renal cancer.
If your or a loved one used a Philips CPAP, BiPAP, or mechanical ventilator after prior to July 1, 2021, and were subsequently diagnosed with lung, liver, or renal cancer, you can contact an attorney with experience in medical malpractice and products liability cases to investigate a claim against those who have profited from the very machines that may have caused such harm.