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Phillips Recalls CPAP Devices

danieltx

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Looks like the only one not being recalled is the Dreamstation 2. I have an original Dreamstation and will continue using it until I find a better device, I can't get quality sleep without it.

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/philips-recalls-3-4-million-055353068.html

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -Dutch medical equipment company Philips has recalled some breathing devices and ventilators because of a foam part that might degrade and become toxic, potentially causing cancer, it said on Monday.

Foam used to dampen the machines' sound can degrade and emit small particles that irritate airways, the group said as it announced the recall. Gases released by the degrading foam may also be toxic or carry cancer risks.

Philips Chief Executive Frans van Houten said the company was one of the largest makers of sleep apnea machines and ventilators. Between 3 million and 4 million would be targeted in the recall, he said.


The group took a 250 million euro ($303 million) charge for the issue after announcing an identical provision in its first quarter-earnings report in April, bringing the total cost of the problem to 500 million euros to date.

Shares in the group were down 4.2% to 44.42 euros by 0850 GMT in Amsterdam.

"We're going to put all our capacity to focus entirely on replacing and repairing these units," Van Houten said in a call, a process he said would likely take a year.

That "has a consequence that we will not be able to serve new customers, so there's going to be a shortage in the field".

Company spokesman Steve Klink said about 80% of the affected devices were machines used to help people with sleep apnea, known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines. Users of those machines were advised to halt usage. Around two-thirds of Philips CPAP machine sales are in the United States.

The other 20% of affected devices were ventilators. Doctors and patients using life-sustaining ventilators should first consider whether the potential danger from the foam outweighs other risks, the company said.

"Philips has received reports of possible patient impact due to foam degradation," the company said in a statement. "To date, there have been no reports of death as a result of these issues."

Spokesman Klink said Philips had received some complaints about the devices, representing 0.03% of those sold in 2020.

The company said the matter would cause "revenue headwinds" in the division making the devices but that would be compensated by strength in other businesses.

It left its full-year financial guidance of "low-to-mid-single-digit" comparable sales growth unchanged.

Philips said it was working with health authorities on a safe replacement for the foam, but that it must first clear testing and regulatory hurdles.

In April, Philips said first-quarter core earnings surged 74% to 362 million euros compared with the same period a year earlier, on a 9% rise in comparable sales./
https://www.usa.philips.com/healthc...8.1773809655.1623694403-1849336464.1623694403

The link above has a place for end users to make a claim but they haven't added all that info yet.
 

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I got the recall notice from my Dr. about this. Called, left a message and no return call. Must not be too pressing or else they are overwhelmed because they prescribe mostly these machines. I'll try again tomorrow I suppose.

Daniel- if you are concerned about this issue and do not have good medical for a replacement, shop around on Craigslist and eBay. You can usually find them there.
 

danieltx

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I got the recall notice from my Dr. about this. Called, left a message and no return call. Must not be too pressing or else they are overwhelmed because they prescribe mostly these machines. I'll try again tomorrow I suppose.

Daniel- if you are concerned about this issue and do not have good medical for a replacement, shop around on Craigslist and eBay. You can usually find them there.
I got mine off Craigslist. I've actually got a Dreamstation 2 on the way right now.
 

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I had a few customers tell me that they saw black particles in the water chamber area of their Dreamstations.

What some have done is plug in a bacterial filter. That should stop the particles.

Apparently there is a foam part in the Dreamstation that can break up and get in to the air supply and inhaled in to the lungs.
 

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If you put in your S/N, it will tell you if yours is affected. Mine is, says they will send new one, but of course will take ages.
I entered mine and it's affected. However, I'm in Canada and this is what I got upon submitting

We regret that it may take some time to replace your device. The repair process for existing devices requires regulatory approval in your country, which we are working toward obtaining as quickly as possible.

So could be years "for them to approve replacement" aka let's drag this out so we don't get hit with all the costs immediately
 

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I highly recommend the Dreamstation 2 for those needing a new one. It's half the size of the original Dreamstation, quieter, menus are all touchscreen, and a full water reservoir lasts 2+ nights.

When you get a new one make sure to adjust ALL the settings. My Dreamstation 2 worked well for 2 weeks but then I started feeling like I wasn't getting enough airflow through it and my sleep started suffering. Turns out it was set to continuous CPAP mode instead of APAP mode so the airflow wasn't automatically adjusting, which is crucial at any point but particularly right now as my weight's jumping up.
 

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