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Philips Respironics has issued a sweeping recall for its popular CPAP and BiPAP sleep apnea devices, including the OmniLab Advanced multi-mode titration system, which millions of Americans use to sleep every night. The recalled devices contain a polyurethane sound abatement foam that can degrade and cause users to inhale foam particles that can cause respiratory damage and possibly cancer.
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What is the Philips OmniLab Advanced Plus?

The Philips OmniLab Advanced multi-mode titration system features 8 sleep therapy modes, including auto and auto bi-level. OmniLab Advanced includes 2 modes and 6 bi-level modes, which is intended to offer sleep lab professionals enhanced flexibility to titrate a variety of patients. The system also incorporates additional features designed to help the sleep professional:

  • The customizable Titration Settings Report allows a step-by-step review of the patient’s titration settings throughout the night;
  • The patient’s final pressure settings can be printed directly to a personalized prescription; and
  • The PC Direct interactive software allows patient settings and modes to be changed easily from a computer.

Philips Recall

On June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics issued a voluntary recall of various sleep apnea and mechanical ventilators after the sound-reducing polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam used in the devices was found to:

  • Degrade and break down into black particles that can enter the device’s airpath and be swallowed by the user
  • Expose the user to dangerous and potentially carcinogenic chemicals that can then be inhaled
  • The foam degradation can cause serious injuries and may be exacerbated by the use of unapproved cleaning methods (like ozone), as well as by high-heat and high-humidity environments.

To seek justice, families across the country are choosing to hold Philips Respironics responsible by filing a lawsuit.

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Side Effects

  • Cancer (carcinogenic effects)
  • Headache
  • Irritation
  • Inflammation
  • Chest pressure
  • Respiratory issues
  • Toxic effects
  • Other health issues

How Much is the Lawsuit Worth?

It’s still not entirely clear how large the lawsuit settlement amounts will be by the end of the class action lawsuit against Philips. Some attorneys have predicted that the total amount could be anywhere from $100,000 to $500,000 at the top tier, with Tier II settlements amounting to $60,000 to $90,000 and Tier III falling within $10,000 to $30,000. However, it’s still subject to speculation this early on in the case.

Generally, jury verdicts that result during bellwether trials will help indicate how much each case is worth. On the other hand, cases may settle before they ever reach the trial process. At this time, there are no official trial dates in place.

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