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.

Another Homeopathic Manufacturer Cited for Belladonna in Teething Drugs

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new warning letter to Nova Homeopathic, a New Mexico-based company that markets an infant teething medication laced with potentially-toxic belladonna. The FDA letter is the third issued this year to … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Woman Praises $57 Million Verdict in Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

The Pennsylvania woman at the center of the state’s latest transvaginal mesh lawsuit trial is now going public with her story, just weeks after a Philadelphia jury ordered Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon, Inc. subsidiary to pay her more … Continue reading

Australian Researchers Find Proton Pump Inhibitors Overused, Call for Deprescribing Programs

As proton pump inhibitor lawsuits continue to mount in U.S. Courts, a new study out of Australia suggests that drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, and PrevAcid are overused worldwide, prompting its authors to recommend that the popular heartburn drugs be the … Continue reading

As U.S. Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Filings Mount, Controversy Takes on International Scope

Even as hernia mesh lawsuits involving devices marketed by Ethicon, Inc. and Atrium Medical Corp. continue to mount in U.S. Courts, patients around the globe are coming forward with their stories of hernia repairs that went horrifically wrong, allegedly due … Continue reading

Taxotere Lawsuit Attorneys Must Report All Potential Claimants to Participate in Any Possible Settlement

The federal court overseeing hundreds of Taxotere lawsuits filed over the cancer drug’s alleged association with permanent alopecia has issued a new Pretrial Order pertaining to the collection of data by the Plaintiffs’ Settlement Committee. According to a September 7th … Continue reading

Analyst Expects Johnson & Johnson to be On the Losing End of More Talcum Powder Lawsuit Verdicts

A financial analyst is warning investors to expect more big verdicts against Johnson & Johnson, after a California jury awarded $417 million to the plaintiff in the latest trial involving the company’s talcum powders and ovarian cancer. Talcum Powder Lawsuits … Continue reading

New Physiomesh Lawsuits Claim Ethicon Knew of Hernia Mesh Problems, Did Nothing

The litigation surrounding Ethicon, Inc.’s allegedly defective Phyisomesh hernia products continues to grow. According to court records, new Physiomesh lawsuits were filed just last week in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, on behalf of three plaintiffs … Continue reading

Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Plaintiffs Agree to Move Lawsuits from Philadelphia, As Ethicon Plaintiffs Push Back on Johnson & Johnson’s Venue Challenge

Plaintiffs who had been pursuing pelvic mesh lawsuits against Boston Scientific in a mass tort program currently underway in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas have agreed to remove their claims from Pennsylvania. Disputes over the proper venue for transvaginal … Continue reading

In Wake of Teething Tablets Recalls, Another Homeopathic Remedy Puts Kids at Risk for Lead Poisoning

A year after federal health regulators warned that homeopathic teething tablets had been associated with  life-threatening injuries, parents and caregivers are being told to avoid yet another homeopathic remedy. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), … Continue reading

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Verdict: Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon Ordered to Pay $57.1 Million to Pennsylvania Woman Left Incontinent by TVT Mesh Implants

Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, Inc. have been ordered to pay a record $57.1 million to a Pennsylvania woman who was left incontinent after receiving the company’s TVT and TVT-Secure pelvic mesh implants. The verdict marks the fifth time a … Continue reading

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