Building on Philips' leadership in interventional cardiology solutions, the company launched the latest version of its EchoNavigator image-guidance tool, which seamlessly integrates live ultrasound, interventional X-ray imaging and advanced 3D heart models to help interventional teams treat structural heart disease with greater ease and efficiency.
Philips signed a long-term agreement with the Rijnstate hospital in the Netherlands to deliver a wide range of advanced ultrasound devices for 17 different departments at multiple locations of the hospital. The agreement involves ultrasound devices and services for cardiological, vascular or radiological examinations, OB/GYN, as well as mobile devices for the emergency department.
Building on the successful strengthening of the company's innovative power toothbrushes portfolio, ranging from entry-level to premium propositions, as well as targeted advertising and promotion campaigns, Philips Oral Healthcare recorded continued strong double-digit comparable sales growth and market share gains in North America in the quarter.
Philips Respironics field action related to specific CPAP, BiPAP and mechanical ventilators
Philips Respironics continued to make solid progress with the repair and replacement program for the CPAP, BiPAP and mechanical ventilator devices affected by the June 2021 field safety notice, as well as the comprehensive test and research program to assess the possible health risks. To date, 3 million replacement devices and repair kits have been produced. Philips Respironics aims to further increase capacity and complete around 90% of the production and shipments to customers in 2022. The test results to date for the first-generation DreamStation devices, which represent the majority of the registered affected devices, are very encouraging. They show a very low prevalence of visible foam degradation, and new and used first-generation DreamStation devices passed volatile organic compound and respirable particulate emission testing.
Following the FDA's inspection of certain of Philips Respironics' facilities in the US in 2021 and the subsequent inspectional observations, the US Department of Justice, acting on behalf of the FDA, recently began discussions with Philips regarding the terms of a proposed consent decree to resolve the identified issues.
In the second quarter, Philips issued EUR 750 million fixed-rate notes due 2027, EUR 650 million Green Innovation Notes due 2029 and EUR 600 million Sustainability Innovation Notes due 2033 under its Euro Medium Term Note program, and entered into a series of transactions to extend and optimize the company's debt maturity profile.