Chronic respiratory diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma affect millions of people worldwide. To date, there are around 235 million people living with asthma all over the world. Those who have been exposed to certain environmental factors such as exposure to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks have been shown to be at a higher risk for developing chronic respiratory diseases.
Chronic Respiratory Diseases
Besides having to cope up with lifelong pharmaceutical treatments, those suffering from chronic respiratory diseases have to face another risk—sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes a person to abruptly stop breathing during sleep.
Sudden gagging and gasping for air are commonly experienced symptoms of sleep apnea. Many underlying factors including weakened airway muscles can cause sleep apnea. It causes poor sleep quality and can also cause anxiety in many people suffering from the condition.
People diagnosed with sleep apnea will benefit most from the use of a CPAP or BiPAP machine to regulate breathing while asleep. These machines work to deliver continuous streams of pressurized air that helps a person breathe normally during sleep. A CPAP or a BiPAP machine is essential for those suffering from sleep apnea.
Recently, Philips issued a statement for the recall of some CPAP and BiPAP models because of the breakdown of the material known as polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam. This material is used to minimize vibration, resulting in lesser sound production when the machine is turned on.
However, the breakdown of this material can cause particles to enter the lungs and exacerbate existing medical conditions. Users have reported the presence of black debris in the devices’ air pathway that the users might inhale. If inhaled, it can be life threatening if lodged in the lungs.
Steps to Take If You’re Affected by the Recall
If you’re affected by the recall you should take the necessary steps:
- Talk to your healthcare provider about discontinuing use of the device.
- Replace your existing device with one that is not included in the recall list.
- Try alternative treatments for sleep apnea and aim for long term treatments for sleep apnea such as weight loss and potential surgical options.
- Discuss with your healthcare provider whether continuing usage of their recalled CPAP or BiPAP machine outweighs the risks.
- Fill out the recall form on the Philips website.
- Seek legal help from a pharmaceutical litigation lawyer
After issuing the recall, there has already been a class action lawsuit filed in Massachusetts against Philips. Users directly affected by the recall who want to do something can discuss their legal options with a qualified pharmaceutical litigation lawyer.
With experience in representing 9/11 victims who experience respiratory issues, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is uniquely positioned to discuss the legal steps you need to take, especially if you have been recently diagnosed with cancer after the Philips recall.
Contact Napoli Shkolnik for a free case evaluation with a skilled lawyer.