Philips CPAP and BiPAP Devices Have Been Linked to Cancer

UPDATE 4/29/2024: Philips has reached a $1.1 billion deal to settle lawsuits over the CPAP devices. We are no longer taking in new cases. Read more about the settlement.

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Philips CPAP Lawsuit

On June 14, 2021, Philips announced a voluntary recall for millions of its sleep and respiratory care devices because of potential health hazards. Philips determined the sound abatement foam component used in the devices poses possible risks to users. The foam, made of polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR), can degrade causing particles to be swallowed or inhaled via the device’s air pathway. Certain chemical gases may also be given off.

Symptoms of Foam Particle Inhalation or Ingestion

  • Headache
  • Irritation
  • Inflammation
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with cancer after using a Philips CPAP machine? Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or contact us online for a free case review.

FDA Statement About Philips Ventilators, BiPAP and CPAP Machines

On June 30, 2021, the FDA issued the following safety communication:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting people who use Philips Respironics ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP machines and their health care providers that Philips Respironics has recalled certain devices (see table below) due to potential health risks. The polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam, which is used to reduce sound and vibration in these affected devices, may break down and potentially enter the device’s air pathway. If this occurs, black debris from the foam or certain chemicals released into the device’s air pathway may be inhaled or swallowed by the person using the device.

Potential Health Risks of Inhaling PE-PUR Foam

Cancer Risk

There is a carcinogenic risk with the devices that may lead to the development of the following cancers:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bone Marrow Cancer
  • Brain Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Hematopoietic (Blood) Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphatic Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Nasal Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Papillary Carcinoma
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer

*This list may not be exhaustive in capturing all potential cancers associated with device usage.

Other Serious Injuries

Respiratory issues may also occur from potential toxic or chemical exposure:

  • Lung/Pulmonary Damage
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Lung/Pulmonary Disease
  • Reactive Airway Disease (RAD)
  • Acute Respiratory Distress System (ARDS)
  • New or worsening asthma
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Chemical Poisoning
  • Severe Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus, or Oral Cavity Inflammation (3 years of usage for oral cancer)
  • Sarcoidosis

Philips Recalled Devices

The following devices manufactured between 2009 and April 26, 2021, have been recalled:

CPAP and BiLevel PAP Devices

  • Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use
  • Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting
  • Non-continuous Ventilator

Mechanical Ventilators

  • Continuous Ventilator
  • Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use
  • Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting

What is a Ventilator? CPAP? BiPAP?


A mechanical ventilator helps people take breaths when they are unable to do so on their own. A ventilator uses tubes to push airflow into the patient’s lungs.


A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is the most commonly prescribed device for treating sleep apnea disorders. It sends an uninterrupted stream of oxygen into your nose and mouth as you sleep, keeping your airways open helping you breathe normally.


A Bi-level positive airflow pressure (BiPAP) machine is similar, but the pressurized air is delivered at two levels, one pressure for inhaling and a lower pressure for exhaling.

Are you suffering from issues after using Philips breathing machines?

Contact Elk & Elk for a free case review

The attorneys at Elk & Elk are ready to take in your claims. If you used a recalled Philips BiPAP, CPAP or ventilator and suffered health problems or have lost a loved one, contact us online or call 1-800-ELK-OHIO for a free case review.