Bayer (IG Farben) paid "hundreds of millions" of dollars to end a three-decade-long scandal in which the company sold HIV-contaminated blood products to hemophiliacs, thousands of whom later died of AIDS. Bayer is eventually forced into signing checks to individuals that acquired AIDS because, in the 1980s, the Cutter Biological section of Bayer neglected federal law and recruited gay men, intravenous drug users, and prisoners as donors of the blood that Cutter later used to produce Factor VIII and IX. It is a drug, the clotting product, that hemophiliacs need. In 1997 Bayer was sentenced to pay 300 million into a compensation fund for hemophiliacs with HIV. About 20,000 individuals caught HIV from the blood.