People who have purchased, leased or rented certain Philips Respironics sleep apnea machines can now file a claim.
The Dutch medical device maker recently agreed to pay at least $479 million to compensate users of 20 different breathing apparatus and ventilators sold in the United States between 2008 and 2021.
Initially said a year ago., the Food and Drug Administration has since received 105,000 complaints — including 385 reported deaths — linked to leaking foam in continuous positive airway pressure (CPAC) machines. Philips tried to repair some of the more than 5 million recalled machines, but the repaired ones were also recalled, FDA
Dozens of sleep apnea patients sued Philips over the machines. Their lawsuits were consolidated into a class action and a.
Claims for financial losses in connection with the purchase, lease or rental of the recalled units can now be submittedwith qualified users entitled to:
- -one Unit payment price for each recalled unit purchased, leased or rented;
- -one Unit return price of $100 for each recalled unit returned on August 9, 2024; and or
- -one Unit Replacement Price for money used to purchase a comparable machine on or after June 14, 2021 and before September 7, 2023 to replace a recalled unit.
How to make a claim
To determine eligibility and for instructions on what steps, if any, are necessary to receive a payment, the Settlement Administrator has created an interactive website here.
Users can look up their recalled device’s serial number to see what unit payment price they may be eligible for by clicking here.
Those who return recalled Philips machines before the August deadline are entitled to both the return and payment award without having to submit a claim form and can use pre-paid shipping labels by clicking here without cost.
Those who spent their own money to purchase a comparable replacement CPAC or ventilator to replace a recalled unit must complete a replacement form, which can be found here. A paper unit replacement form is also available here or by calling 1-855-912-3432.
The deadline for submitting claims is 9 August 2024.
The settlement does not affect or release claims for personal injuries or medical monitoring, according to the administrator of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
About 30 million people have sleep apnea, a disorder in which one’s airway becomes blocked during rest, interrupting breathing, according to 2022 data from the American Medical Association.
Philips said on Oct. 6 that it was working to ensure patients receive improved devices amid ongoing testing and research. “Based on the results to date, Philips Respironics concluded that the use of its sleep therapy devices is not expected to result in appreciable harm to the health of patients,” the company listed.
Philips did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.