Nearly 200 Dutch patients plan to sue Philips over sleep apnea devices

At least 185 people in the Netherlands are considering legal action against Philips after developing health problems while using the company’s sleep apnea ventilators.

The Eindhoven-based electricity giant needs to replace 5.2 million machines worldwide after patients were found to have inhaled harmful chemicals while using them.

In October, Amersfoort-based SAP Injury Lawyers said it was representing four Dutch patients who claimed ventilators had harmed their health.

A further 100 patients have since joined the class action, while two other firms, DAS and Achmea Rechtsbijstand, each have around 40 clients in the case, the Financieele Dagblad reported on Tuesday.

Philips is also facing claims from thousands of affected patients in the United States, with the total cost potentially reaching billions.

Last week, the company’s share price fell more than 15% in one day after it estimated the cost of recalling and replacing faulty machines would amount to 225 million euros.

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