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CONSUMER ALERT: Philips CPAP, BiPAP, Mechanical Ventilators Recalled

Captive | Captive Insurance | Insurance Commissioner | Date Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2021


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Devices being used to treat chronic conditions, COVID-19

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro has released a consumer alert for users of respiratory devices manufactured by Philips. An estimated 4 million Philips Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP or BiLevel PAP) devices, as well as mechanical ventilators manufactured before April 26, 2021 are being recalled due to potential health risks associated with the sound abatement foam in the devices that may degrade and be inhaled, and could contain cancer-causing chemicals.

The Delaware Department of Insurance is issuing this notice after the company’s recall notification and lack of communication to consumers and facilities has caused concern, particularly due to the necessity of devices in the treatment of both chronic conditions as well as facility-based usage. Recalled devices include those listed as providing respiratory treatment or support for COVID-19 patients.

While the recall notice urges immediate discontinuation of device use if possible, some individuals require the use of CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices and may face serious medical issues, including the possibility of death, if they do not have access to a machine. Residents using these medically necessary devices should contact their physician to discuss the best path forward for their individual needs and register in the Philips recall system online or call 1-877-907-7508 to begin a claim for replacement or financial restitution. Users should not make any changes to their equipment or treatment plan without discussing with a physician. Doctors are encouraged to proactively communicate with their patients, and facilities should check all machines.

At this time, the company has not provided a replacement or repair timeline after issuing notice in June that the sound abatement foam in these devices may degrade, be ingested, and create additional respiratory problems, and could be releasing carcinogenic or otherwise hazardous chemicals into the air pathway. The Department of Insurance encourages insurers to assist policyholders in any way possible during this situation.

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CONSUMER ALERT: Philips CPAP, BiPAP, Mechanical Ventilators Recalled

Captive | Captive Insurance | Insurance Commissioner | Date Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2021


Official Seal of the Insurance Commissioner of Delaware

Devices being used to treat chronic conditions, COVID-19

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro has released a consumer alert for users of respiratory devices manufactured by Philips. An estimated 4 million Philips Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP or BiLevel PAP) devices, as well as mechanical ventilators manufactured before April 26, 2021 are being recalled due to potential health risks associated with the sound abatement foam in the devices that may degrade and be inhaled, and could contain cancer-causing chemicals.

The Delaware Department of Insurance is issuing this notice after the company’s recall notification and lack of communication to consumers and facilities has caused concern, particularly due to the necessity of devices in the treatment of both chronic conditions as well as facility-based usage. Recalled devices include those listed as providing respiratory treatment or support for COVID-19 patients.

While the recall notice urges immediate discontinuation of device use if possible, some individuals require the use of CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices and may face serious medical issues, including the possibility of death, if they do not have access to a machine. Residents using these medically necessary devices should contact their physician to discuss the best path forward for their individual needs and register in the Philips recall system online or call 1-877-907-7508 to begin a claim for replacement or financial restitution. Users should not make any changes to their equipment or treatment plan without discussing with a physician. Doctors are encouraged to proactively communicate with their patients, and facilities should check all machines.

At this time, the company has not provided a replacement or repair timeline after issuing notice in June that the sound abatement foam in these devices may degrade, be ingested, and create additional respiratory problems, and could be releasing carcinogenic or otherwise hazardous chemicals into the air pathway. The Department of Insurance encourages insurers to assist policyholders in any way possible during this situation.

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