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.

Johnson & Johnson Withdraws Ethicon’s Gynecare TVT Products from Australia Amid Continuing Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson is withdrawing Gynecare TVT pelvic mesh devices manufactured by its Ethicon, Inc. subsidiary from the Australian market, after the company failed to meet a deadline for updating the products’ “instructions for use” set by that country’s medical … Continue reading

Physiomesh Lawsuit Plaintiffs to Submit Profile Forms in Federal Hernia Mesh Litigation

Hernia mesh lawsuits involving Ethicon, Inc.’s Physiomesh devices continue to move forward in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia. According to a Practice and Procedure Order dated January 16th, plaintiffs with cases currently pending in the litigation are … Continue reading

Johnson & Johnson Accused of Concealing Alleged Mesothelioma Risk, as First New Jersey Talcum Powder Lawsuit Heads to Trial

New Jersey convened its first talcum powder trial earlier this month, opening a new front in the litigation involving the alleged link between Johnson & Johnson’s talc-powders and cancer. The talcum powder lawsuit, which is pending in Middlesex Superior Court, … Continue reading

Nexium Lawsuit News: Federal Proton Pump Inhibitor Litigation Plans to Convene “Science Day” this Spring

The federal court overseeing hundreds of Nexium lawsuits and other product liability claims involving the alleged link between proton pump inhibitors and serious kidney complications has indicated that it will convene a “Science Day” in the Spring. According to a … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Ruling May Allow Risperdal Gynecomastia Plaintiffs to Pursue Punitive Damages

A recent ruling by a Pennsylvania appeals court could allow thousands of Risperdal gynecomastia plaintiffs to pursue punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals subsidiary. Pennsylvania Trial Court Barred Punitive Damages in Risperdal Lawsuits Plaintiff Timothy Strange … Continue reading

Study Suggests Proton Pump Inhibitors Reduce Effectiveness of Hepatitis C Treatment

Patients prescribed direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for hepatitis C may want to steer clear of proton pump inhibitors like Nexium, after a recently published study suggested the popular heartburn medications could reduce the effectiveness of these treatments. Research Team Analyzed 9 … Continue reading

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Plaintiffs Appeal Decision Tossing $72 Million Verdict to Missouri Supreme Court

The family of an Alabama woman who allegedly developed ovarian cancer due to her long-term use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder have filed an appeal with the Missouri Supreme Court in a bid to overturn a decision dismissing the … Continue reading

U.K. Health Watchdog Calls for Transvaginal Mesh Ban, As Lawsuits Move Forward in U.S.

The U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is recommending a ban on transvaginal mesh devices used to treat women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse. “The evidence for long term efficacy is inadequate in quality and quantity,” the … Continue reading

Knee Replacement Lawsuit Claims Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Knew of Attune Knee Problems, Yet Continued to Market Defective Device

A Mississippi woman has filed a knee replacement lawsuit, after she was forced to undergo revision surgery due to the alleged failure of DePuy Synthe’s Attune system. DePuy Attune Knee Allegations According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District … Continue reading

Gene May Predict Those Most Likely to Suffer Metal-on-Metal Hip Complications

A recently published Australian study suggests that patients with a certain gene may be more likely to experience the types of complications that have led thousands of people throughout the world to file metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits against DePuy Orthopaedics … Continue reading

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