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Pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the highly addictive opioid OxyContin, has filed for bankruptcy in the United States to finalize and implement the agreement reached with some of its thousands of litigants, the firm said Monday in a statement.

Now the focus of the case will move to discussions about how potential proceeds are to be divided among the communities whose residents have become addicted or died from overdoses of opioids produced by Purdue.