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.

FDA Aware of Nuplazid Deaths, Other Adverse Events, But Won’t Modify Label Warnings

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is continuing to monitor side effects and deaths among Parkinson’s disease patients treated with Nuplazid. For now, however, the agency sees no reason to alter the safety information currently included on the medication’s label. … Continue reading

Federal Testosterone Litigation Prepping Androderm Lawsuits for Bellwether Trials

The federal court overseeing thousands of testosterone treatment lawsuits is preparing to try a series of cases involving Androderm, a transdermal patch marketed by Actavis Pharmaceuticals. According to a Case Management Order issued in the U.S. District Court, Northern District … Continue reading

Johnson & Johnson Hit with Another Big Talcum Powder Lawsuit Verdict, as Jury Awards $117 Million in Total Damages to Mesothelioma Victim

Johnson & Johnson was dealt another setback yesterday in the massive litigation involving its talcum powder products, as a New Jersey jury awarded $80 million in punitive damages to a plaintiff who alleged his life-long use of Baby Powder was … Continue reading

Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Mount, as Tennessee Plaintiff Seeks Compensation for Atrium C-Qur Complications

Hernia mesh lawsuits continue to mount in courts throughout the country, as a woman from Tennessee became one of the most recent plaintiffs to seek compensation for injuries and complications allegedly associated with Atrium Medical Corp’s C-Qur hernia patch. Atrium … Continue reading

Another AndroGel Testosterone Lawsuit Heads to Trial in May

The federal court overseeing thousands of testosterone lawsuits filed on behalf of men who claim their use of AndroGel caused heart attacks, strokes and blood clots is preparing to convene its next bellwether trial next month. AndroGel Pulmonary Embolism Testimony … Continue reading

Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit Attorneys Seek to Bundle 300 Plaintiffs in Single Complaint

Proton pump inhibitor lawsuits continue to move forward in the federal litigation currently underway in New Jersey, where plaintiffs’ attorneys recently requested permission to temporarily bundle up to 300 individual claims in a single complaint. Proposal Asserts Temporary Bundling Will … Continue reading

Talcum Powder Class Action Lawsuit Accuses Johnson & Johnson of Concealing Alleged Cancer Risk

A new class action lawsuit is accusing Johnson & Johnson of neglecting to warn consumers of the alleged link between its popular talcum powder products and ovarian cancer. The complaint, which was filed on February 27th in Madison County Circuit … Continue reading

Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Plaintiff: C.R. Bard VentraLight ST Patch Causing Internal Injuries, Can Not be Removed

A California man has filed a new hernia mesh lawsuit against C.R. Bard, Inc. for injuries and complications allegedly caused by the VentraLight ST hernia patch. Though hernia mesh complications continue to plague Jesus Nunes, a complaint filed on his … Continue reading

Onglyza Lawsuits Mount, as Kentucky Woman Files New Heart Failure Case

A Kentucky woman who developed heart failure after being prescribed Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR to treat her Type 2 diabetes has become one of the latest plaintiffs to take legal action against AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Lawsuit Alleges Onglyza, Kombiglyze … Continue reading

Virginia Woman Says Cipro Side Effects Killed Her Mother

A woman from Virginia is calling for change, after she says that side effects associated with the antibiotic Cipro killed her mother. “This was a healthy woman who was vibrant and completely took care of herself and took this pill … Continue reading

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