Laurie Villanueva

Laurie Villanueva has been writing about consumer issues for over two decades, Her work for largely focuses on pharmaceutical and medical device safety, including the ongoing litigation surrounding Risperdal, proton pump inhibitors, Invokana, Levaquin, defective hip implants, the Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket, and IVC filters. Laurie has also devoted a great deal of coverage to women’s health issues, especially recent litigation involving talcum powder, power morcellators, transvaginal mesh, and breast implants.

Laurie graduated from Penn State University in 1990 with a degree in journalism. After spending many years covering local government for various print media outlets, she is now focused on utilizing the internet to raise awareness about important consumer issues.

Cook Medical Issues Class I Zenith Alpha Endo Graft Recall Following Reports of Blood Clots, Occlusions

Cook Medical, Inc. is recalling certain Zenith Alpha thoracic endovascular grafts, following reports that blood clots and occlusions had formed inside some of the devices when they were used to treat patients with blunt traumatic aortic injury (BTAI). The U.S. … Continue reading

New Nexium Side Effects Concerns, As Study Suggests Link Between Proton Pump Inhibitors, Pancreatic Cancer

A recent study is raising additional concerns about the side effects possibly linked with Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors. The research, which was presented earlier this summer at the annual Digestive Disease Week conference, suggested that proton pump inhibitors … Continue reading

Missouri Judge Dismisses Risperdal Lawsuits Filed by Out-of-State Plaintiffs

A federal judge in Missouri has dismissed 53 Risperdal lawsuits filed by out-of-states plaintiffs, after determining that the state was not an appropriate venue for the cases. According to Reuters, the order dismissing the claims was handed down on August … Continue reading

Nexium Lawsuit Filings Continue, As Ohio Woman Claims Drug Makers Failed to Warn of Acute Interstitial Nephritis

An Ohio woman who allegedly developed acute interstitial nephritis after using Nexium and Prilosec has filed a new proton pump inhibitor lawsuit accusing the drugs’ manufacturers of concealing the kidney side effects allegedly associated with the popular heart burn medications. … Continue reading

Mississippi Woman Claims Xarelto Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeding, As Third Federal Bellwether Trial Begins

The federal multidistrict litigation housing thousands of Xarelto bleeding lawsuits has convened its third bellwether trial, following selection of a jury earlier this week. Nearly 18,000 Xarelto lawsuits are pending in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, where … Continue reading

Johnson & Johnson SEC Filing Discloses 800 Invokana Lawsuits Pending Nationwide

Johnson & Johnson continues to face a growing number of product liability lawsuits involving Invokana, a Type 2 diabetes drug allegedly associated with several serious side effects, including diabetic ketoacidosis, kidney damage, heart attack, and stroke. In an August 3rd … Continue reading

Transvaginal Mesh Settlement News: Endo Agrees to Resolve “Virtually All” Remaining Pelvic Mesh Claims, Sets Aside Additional $775 Million

Endo International PLC has announced new agreements to settle “virtually all known” U.S. transvaginal mesh lawsuits involving devices manufactured by its American Medical Systems unit. In a statement issued yesterday, the company disclosed that it would reserve another $775 million … Continue reading

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Lawsuit Heads to Trial Next Month in Texas Federal Court

The fourth bellwether trial involving a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuit will get underway next month in Texas federal court. The verdict in the case could provide insight into how other juries might decide claims that put forth similar allegations … Continue reading

Stryker Hip Lawsuits Move Forward, With Issuance of New Case Management Order in New Jersey LFIT V40 Femoral Head Litigation

Stryker hip replacement lawsuits involving the company’s LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads are moving forward, following the issuance of a new Case Management Order in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court. According to the August 1st Order, the multicounty … Continue reading

Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuits Alleging Kidney Complications Consolidated in New Jersey Federal Court

Proton pump inhibitor lawsuits filed on behalf of individuals who developed life-threatening kidney complications allegedly related to long-term treatment with Nexium and similar heartburn drugs have been consolidated in New Jersey federal court. An Transfer Order issued by the U.S. … Continue reading

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