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In June of this year, Philips Respironics announced a voluntary recall of several models of its CPAP, BiPAP and other ventilator devices. With 93 proposed class action lawsuits being filed by the end of September, a request was made to consolidate all claims before one judge for coordinated management as part of a multidistrict litigation. (MDL).
The Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) recently heard arguments concerning an MDL. The outcome? Due to the similarity of the claims, the JPML granted motions to consolidate the pretrial proceedings. As of October 8, 2021, there were more than 100 lawsuits filed against Philips.
According to Johns Hopkins, “sleep apnea happens when upper airway muscles relax during sleep and pinch off the airway, which prevents you from getting enough air. Your breathing may pause for 10 seconds or more at a time, until your reflexes kick in and you start breathing again.”
In June of this year, we heard about a voluntary recall made by Philips Respironics of potentially serious health risks related to several of its CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator devices caused by the machines’ sound abatement toxic foam.
On June 14, 2021, a voluntary recall was announced affecting three to four million Philips Respironics CPAP, BiPAP, and mechanical ventilator devices due to potentially serious health risks related to the machine’s sound abatement foam.
Paragard, a popular intrauterine birth control device used by thousands of women, is prone to breakage and fracturing, which can lead to serious complications. And, there is evidence that the maker, Teva Pharmaceuticals, has been aware of this issue since at least 2013.
One in 15 adults in the United States – roughly 18 million people – suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. One of the most common treatments is using a CPAP machine which keeps the airway open with a gentle, constant stream of pressurized air. However, in June, millions of CPAP and other breathing devices made by Philips Respironics were recalled due to possible health risks and potential dangerous sound abatement foam.
Companies are supposed to design and manufacture safe products. No matter what the product is, it should be reasonably safe and, when needed, have appropriate warnings or instructions on how to use it. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
As consumers, we purchase products all the time – a new car, a child’s toy, a new power tool. Most of the time, they are safe and work the way they are supposed to; however, sometimes they do not. Sometimes a product can be defective, and sometimes that defective product can seriously injure the person using it.
Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. In fact, about 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels on the job making occupational hearing loss the third most common chronic physical condition among adults. Statistics from NIOSH show:
You may have already heard, Ford is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators because they can explode and hurl shrapnel.
This recall of Ford vehicles includes over 782,000 vehicles in the United States and is part of the largest series of recalls in U.S. history.