If you're using a Philips Respironics ventilator, BiPAP or CPAP machine, you may be affected by the recent recall. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified certain devices that may pose potential health risks. In this article, we'll explain which machines were recalled and provide useful tips on finding a low-cost CPAP machine if you can't afford to buy a new one. The CPAP team strives to keep its audience informed about the latest developments in sleep health and respiratory tract.
The FDA has suggested that DME providers should be allowed to repair or replace the recalled equipment without the need for a new clinical evaluation or sleep test. Furthermore, patients should not be charged for any repair or replacement costs. If you're not sure if your machine is affected, Philips has set up a registration process that allows users and caregivers to search for the serial number of their device. Your doctor may also recommend alternatives to CPAP, such as lifestyle changes, nasal decongestants, weight loss, or surgery for sleep apnea.
If you decide to purchase a new machine to replace your Philips Respironics device, you must have a current prescription from your doctor. In order to receive a new device through your health insurance plan, your doctor needs to prescribe a new prescription with documentation stating that you are using the treatment for sleep apnea and are benefiting from it. The FDA has no evidence that any other CPAP machine, BiPAP machine, or fan from Philips or other manufacturers are affected. These product codes relate to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and two-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines.
The American Sleep Medicine Association has provided guidance for sleep doctors and patients regarding the recall.