Philips is accused of concealing around 3,700 grievances about its sleep apnea devices from the U.S. regulatory body, FDA, a situation unearthed by NRC, ProPublica, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette after an examination of above 100,000 public documents.
Research reveals that Philips initiated the use of a specific sound-abating foam in its respiratory aids in 2010, and the first of the grievances followed shortly. A mass recall in 2021 was initiated by Philips due to potential degradation of this foam upon interaction with some cleaning agents, potentially exposing users to carcinogenic particles.
American legal provisions require manufacturers to notify the government within a stipulated thirty-day period of receiving reports of any injuries, fatalities, or potential malfunctions that could be harmful, arising from their devices. Allegedly, Philips, over an eleven-year period, did not disclose at least 3,700 such incidences relating to this sound-abating foam to the FDA.
Among the unrevealed complaints, some report possible fatalities connected to the use of the ventilators. Additional complaints involved descriptions of contamination within the devices such as “black particles,” an “oily-like substance,” and “unknown sticky substance.”
Legislation also mandates immediate inquiry into any reported defects that could be detrimental. It wasn’t until 2019 that Philips initiated its first investigation, leading to the 2021 recall of 15 million DreamStation sleep apnea and other machines which incorporated the disputed foam.
Post-recall reviews by Philips revealed numerous unreported complaints of foam degradation to the FDA, a situation confirmed by the FDA itself. A representative of Philips conveyed that, in the interest of precaution, previous complaints that were deemed unnecessary to be reported were eventually forwarded to the FDA due to possible links to the deteriorating foam.
Philips contends its unawareness of the magnitude of the issue until 2021 as complaints were addressed individually by its subsidiary, Philips Respironics. Consequently, the regulatory intervention was delayed by eleven years, receiving only a handful of reports regarding the disintegrating foam until spring 2021.
This protracted concealment has resulted in significant financial ramifications for Philips, with its stock value plummeting, the resignation of CEO Frans van Houten, and incoming layoffs announced by successor Roy Jakobs. Massive claims, running into billions of euros, are being assembled against Philips in the U.S.
Philips has recently communicated a settlement concord in the U.S. to address numerous ongoing lawsuits and compensations related to the recall. Moreover, a substantial reserve of more than 600 million dollars has been allocated by Philips in anticipation of impending legal and settlement expenditures in the United States.
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