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Philips: new problems with respiratory devices

( - Last Friday The US FDA said that Philips had informed it of two new potential problems with its respiratory assist devices that were recalled in June 2021.

The US health authority says that the Dutch company told it that it had identified a possible risk of separation of the new silicone foam used to replace the controversial polyester-based polyurethane foam that was behind the recall.

The FDA says the compound can separate from the device's plastic backing and impact its performance by blocking airflow and reducing inspiratory pressure.

In addition, trace amounts of particulate matter were found in the air system of some repaired and replaced ventilators, which in some cases were found to be residual polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound deadening foam.

In 2021, Philips had to issue a recall notification on some of its respiratory support devices to mitigate potential health risks related to this sound deadening foam.

Following this announcement, Philips shares were down 2.5% in Amsterdam on Monday, posting one of the biggest falls on the AEX index in early afternoon trading.

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