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Bayer will pay $1.6 billion to settle lawsuits from thousands of American women who said they developed debilitating long-term health problems from the pharmaceutical giant’s product, the Essure birth control implant.

A company statement Aug. 20 said the offer would end 90% of the nearly 39,000 cases now in court or not yet filed, and Bayer is negotiating to settle the other claims. The settlement does not require Bayer to acknowledge liability or wrongdoing.

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