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Aug 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday classified the recent recall of some of Philips’ (PHG.AS) ventilators as Class 1, or the most serious type of recall, saying the use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

This is the second Class 1 recall initiated by the company this year.

In June, the Dutch medical equipment company also recalled some of its breathing devices and ventilators, as the foam used to dampen the machines’ sound could degrade and emit small particles that irritate airways.

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