In June 2021, Philips Respironics, initiated a voluntary recall notification in the US/field safety notice in other countries for certain sleep and respiratory care products to address potential health risks related to the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam in certain CPAP, BiPAP and mechanical ventilator devices.
At the time the recall notification/field safety notice was issued, Philips Respironics relied on an initial, limited data set and toxicological risk assessment, and assumed a reasonable worst-case scenario for the possible health risks. Following Philips’ public statements on the issue and possible risks to users in April 2021, and the announcement of the recall notification/field safety notice in June 2021, Philips Respironics received a steep increase in complaints allegedly associated with possible foam degradation.
This led to an increase from the 30 Medical Device Reports (MDRs) that had been filed by Philips Respironics to the FDA between 2011 and April 2021 (there were no reports of patient injury or death among these 30 MDRs), to more than 20,000 MDRs filed by Philips Respironics to the FDA between April 2021 and April 2022.
It is important to note that the submission of an MDR itself is not evidence that the device caused or contributed to the adverse outcome or event, and that the cause of an event cannot typically be determined from this reporting system alone. Philips Respironics investigates all allegations of device malfunction, death, or serious injury.
“We regret any concern or inconveniences caused by this field action and we are committed to supporting the community of patients who rely on our sleep and respiratory care solutions for their health and quality of life, and the physicians and customers who are dedicated to meeting patient needs,” said David Ferguson, Business Leader of Philips Respironics . “We are replacing or repairing the devices related to the Respironics field action as fast as possible and are continuing to update patients and customers about the progress of the program. More than 1,000 of our colleagues are working around the clock on every aspect of the remediation.”