Wal-Mart is launching a program that allows consumers to trade in their existing smartphone for a newer device. Consumers can trade in a working, undamaged phone for a credit of $50 to $300. The credit can be used to help buy a new phone from a selection of more than 100 devices. Phones can be traded in at participating Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Club locations. The program will start Sept. 21. Consumers must enter a two-year contract for the new phone with AT&T, Verizon Wireless or Sprint.
Breast cancer drug
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a positive review of a breast cancer drug from Roche that could soon become the first pharmaceutical option approved for treating early stage disease before surgery. In documents posted online, FDA scientists said women who received the drug Perjeta as initial treatment for breast cancer were more likely to be cancer free at the time of surgery than women who received older drug combinations. Although the results come from midstage trials of the drug, FDA scientists recommended accelerating approval of the drug.
McDonald’s to-go orders
Americans will soon be able to order and pay for Big Macs from their mobile phones. McDonald’s said it is testing a mobile payment application in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas. After ordering by mobile phone, customers can pick up food in stores, curbside or at drive-through windows. The system will include promotions, special offers and a loyalty program.
The Food and Drug Administration is requiring stronger warning labels on prescription painkillers such as OxyContin in the latest attempt to reduce overdose deaths caused by the long-acting medications. The changes are designed to remind doctors and patients about the fatal risks of misusing and abusing opioid pain relievers, which include extended-release forms of oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine. The new label emphasizes that long-acting opioids are only for patients with “around the clock” pain.
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