Recall: Philips Respironics CPAP/BiPAP Devices

November 11, 2021

Philips Respironics has voluntarily recalled certain ventilators, bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP), and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines due to potential health risks. Attorney Deanne Bonner Simpson and Brig. General Carol Ann Fausone (Ret.) join us to answer your questions on this recall notification.

Q: What Philips Respironics devices are being recalled?

A: All Philips Respironics devices manufactured before April 26, 2021. This recall includes:

  • Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting
    • DreamStation ASV
    • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
    • SystemOne ASV4
    • C-Series ASV
    • C-Series S/T and AVAPS
    • OmniLab Advanced+
  • Noncontinuous Ventilator
    • SystemOne (Q-Series)
    • DreamStation
    • DreamStation Go
    • Dorma 400
    • Dorma 500
    • REMstar SE Auto
  • Continuous Ventilator
    • Trilogy 100
    • Trilogy 200
    • Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent
  • Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility User
    • A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30
    • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto
  • Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting
    • A-Series BiPAP A40
    • A-Series BiPAP A30

Q: Who needs to be aware of this Recall?

A: Veterans diagnosed with Sleep Apnea who have been prescribed a Philips CPAP or BiPAP machine – mentioned above – by their VA medical provider.

Q: Does this recall affect all CPAP and BiPAP devices prescribed by VA medical providers?

A: No, this recall is only for the Philips Respironics devices mentioned above. You will be able to see the name on your CPAP or BiPAP machine to find out if it was manufactured by Philips.

You can then visit the Philips website to find out if your machine was recalled. If you do not have internet access, call this number, (877) 907-7508.

Q: Why are these devices being recalled?

A: The foam disk used in the machines to reduce sound and vibration may break down with use. This could cause foam particles to break loose and travel through the hose while in use.

The main cause of this degradation is exposure to high heat and humidity. Also, unapproved cleaning devices that use ozone or ultra-violet light can attribute to the breakdown.

Age may play a factor, but any machines that are five years or older should be replaced.

Q: How many veterans may be affected by this recall?

A: According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, they have distributed nearly 600,000 of these devices for veterans’ home use. The VA has an additional 2,000 devices used within VA hospital and clinic settings.

Q: What should veterans do to get their Philips Respironics devices replaced?

A: The first thing to do is register the recalled device. Philips will not issue a new device to VA until the recalled one is registered. VA will then need to replace your recalled device with a new model.

The manufacturer will not be sending new devices directly to veterans. Only veterans receiving their treatment outside of VA will have their recalled machines replaced directly by the manufacturer.

Unfortunately, this replacement process may take several months, so it is best to get the process started as soon as you can.

Q: Should veterans stop using their recalled devices?

A: VA advises that if you notice any problems with your machine, stop using it immediately and contact your VA Care Team. Otherwise, they have advised continuing using the machine you have, cleaning it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Both the VA and FDA are studying the adverse risks of continuing to use the recalled machine. To date, their conclusions are that the risks of not treating your sleep apnea are greater than using your machine if you are not noticing any problems with it.

But, if you have any concerns about using your device, contact your VA medical provider. You can also send a secure message through MyHealthyVet.

Q: If I discontinue using the recalled device, will your VA service-connected disability benefits be affected?

A: No, if you and your health care team decide to pause the use of the recalled machine, it does not affect your VA service-connected disability benefits.

Philips Respironics Recall

If you are a veteran affected by this recall or know someone who is, our team of compassionate legal professionals are available to help. Please call us at (800) 693-4800, or send us a secure message through our website form.

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