Philips Respironics SimplyGo portable oxygen concentrator receives FAA-approval; oxygen patients can fly with SimplyGo

      Philips Respironics SimplyGo portable oxygen concentrator receives
             FAA-approval; oxygen patients can fly with SimplyGo

PR Newswire

MURRYSVILLE, Pa., Oct. 24, 2012

MURRYSVILLE, Pa., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Philips Respironics, a unit of
Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI), announces that the United
States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the SimplyGo
portable oxygen concentrator (POC) for in-flight use on commercial airliners.

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With the approval, SimplyGo becomes the only FAA-cleared POC that offers both
continuous flow and pulse-dose capabilities in a unit weighing ten pounds or
less. SimplyGo has twice the oxygen output of any other POC at this weight and
is able to meet the portable needs of nearly all oxygen users. FAA approval
applies to all SimplyGo systems including those in use prior to the
announcement.

The FAA rule approving the use of SimplyGo for in-flight use on U.S. carriers
will become effective on or about October 31, 2012, which is 15 days after
publication of the new rule in the Federal Register.

To view the FAA statement, go to
www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-16/html/2012-25412.htm.

"We are extremely pleased to inform oxygen users that they will be able to fly
with the SimplyGo POC," said Eli Diacopoulos, senior director and general
manager, Home Respiratory Care, Philips Respironics. "Given its portability,
oxygen output and continuous flow capability, we believe that SimplyGo is an
ideal choice for oxygen users who are active or like to travel."

The Department of Transportation requires that U.S. carriers allow passengers
to use portable oxygen concentrators approved by the FAA during all phases of
a flight – including taxiing, takeoff and landing – if the unit meets FAA
requirements for portable medical electronic devices, is properly stowed and
meets certain other applicable safety-related conditions.

Special Federal Aviation Regulation 106 – Rules for use of portable oxygen
concentrator systems on board aircraft (SFAR 106)

SFAR 106 permits passengers to carry on and use certain POCs on board aircraft
if the aircraft operator ensures that the conditions specified in the SFAR for
their use are met.

Although the FAA and other international aviation regulatory bodies allow the
use of approved portable oxygen concentrators on commercial airlines, many
domestic and international carriers have additional requirements including
advance notification, and possession of a physician's letter and oxygen
prescription. Oxygen users planning to fly with SimplyGo should contact their
airline well in advance of travel.

SimplyGo is part of the Philips Respironics Right Fit family of oxygen
products that also includes the EverFlo stationary concentrator, HomeLox and
GoLox portable liquid oxygen system, and the UltraFill home oxygen filling
system. 

For more information, visit:

www.philips.com/simplygo (homecare providers)
www.gosimplygo.com (patients and caregivers)

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and
well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through meaningful
innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting.
Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2011 sales of EUR 22.6
billion and employs approximately 121,000 employees with sales and services in
more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care
and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting
applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, home and portable
entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at
www.philips.com/newscenter.

SOURCE Philips Respironics

Website: http://www.philips.com
Contact: Maryellen Bizzack, Philips Home Healthcare Solutions,
+1-724-387-5006, maryellen.bizzack@philips.com
 
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