More than 17 million masks containing magnetic clips have been distributed by Philips Respironics between 2015 and 2021. As of September 2022, Philips Respironics has received 14 reports of patients suggesting that the mask magnets may have impacted their medical devices including pacemaker interference, pacemaker failure leading to replacement, need of shunt adjustment, resetting of automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD), seizures, defibrillator shutting off periodically, arrhythmia, irregular blood pressure, change in heartbeats, and cognitive issues.
Patients with questions may contact Philips Respironics’ customer service at 1-800-345-6443, (Monday – Friday; 8:30 AM ET to 8:00 PM ET) for more information about non-magnetic mask options. Patients may also contact their Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider, which supplied the masks affected by this notice.
Any adverse events experienced with the use of masks containing magnetic clips should be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch Web site at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
This voluntary medical device corrective action has been reported to the regulatory agencies in the countries where these masks are available.
* The application of Philips Respironics’ magnetic headgear clips and straps - according to the previous, as well as the current updated instructions and labeling - complies with the guidelines from the International Commission of Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), as well as the ISO 14117:2019-09 standard, for use of magnetic elements in proximity of implanted medical devices.
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