Philips Ventilator Update: Repaired Respironics Trilogy Ventilators Still Dangerous

On November 17th, 2022, the FDA informed the public via a Philips ventilator update that Philips had notified them of two new issues with the “repaired” Philips Respironics Trilogy Ventilators that were recalled and reworked by the company. If you have one of the reworked ventilators, you should stop using the machine and contact Philips Sleep and Respiratory Care support at 1-877-907-7508 or visit Philips Information for Patients for how to return the product.

Two New Problems Identified in Repaired Philips Trilogy Ventilators

Philips CPAP RecallThe first problem in the Philips ventilator update is that the new silicone foam that they used to replace the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam, can separate from the plastic backing and block the air inlet lowering the inspiratory pressure. This problem affects the product function and may result in a Low Inspiratory Pressure alarm going off.

The second problem is more alarming. Lab testing has shown that PE-PUR as well as environmental debris may still be present in some of the ventilators following the reworking. Millions of Philips machines were recalled in July of 2021 due to evidence that the PE-PUR foam can degrade and allow cancer-causing chemicals to be consumed by the user. Thus, clearly, the goal of fixing the machines to eliminate the presence of PE-PUR was not met. Thousands of claims have been brought including a federal MDL and a state class action by Philips CPAP lawyers and their clients alleging that the products are defective and that Philips was aware of the danger and failed to act in a timely manner to warn the public in a timely manner.

More information on this recall as well as future updates can be obtained from the FDA website update page.