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A cancer drug that shows positive results in early [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2012, 11:46
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A cancer drug that shows positive results in early laboratory tests can generate a great deal of interest from cancer patients. Because of this interest, and the desire to make a profit… early in the development cycle, many pharmaceutical companies rush the new drug to market as quickly as possible. But positive early results are often misleading, meaning that the effort to bring the drug to market was largely wasted. Consequently, the strategy to maximize long-term pro…t from a new cancer drug is to bring the drug to market only after its positive effects are more thoroughly tested and established.

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

(A) The …first is a consideration that has been raised to argue that a certain strategy is counterproductive; the second presents an alternative strategy.
(B) The first is a consideration raised to support the strategy that the argument recommends; the second presents that strategy.
(C) The …first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second presents an alternative strategy.
(D) The …first is an assumption, rejected by the argument, that has been used to justify a course of action; the second presents that course of action.
(E) The …first is a consideration that has been used to justify pursuing a goal that the argument rejects; the second presents a course of action that has been adopted in pursuit of that goal.
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Re: A cancer drug that shows positive results in early laborator [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2012, 19:04
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A cancer drug that shows positive results in early laboratory tests can generate a great deal of interest from cancer patients. Because of this interest, and the desire to make a profit… early in the development cycle, many pharmaceutical companies rush the new drug to market as quickly as possible. But positive early results are often misleading, meaning that the effort to bring the drug to market was largely wasted. Consequently, the strategy to maximize long-term pro…t from a new cancer drug is to bring the drug to market only after its positive effects are more thoroughly tested and established.

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

(A) The …first is a consideration that has been raised to argue that a certain strategy is counterproductive; the second presents an alternative strategy.
(B) The first is a consideration raised to support the strategy that the argument recommends; the second presents that strategy.
(C) The …first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second presents an alternative strategy.
(D) The …first is an assumption, rejected by the argument, that has been used to justify a course of action; the second presents that course of action.
(E) The …first is a consideration that has been used to justify pursuing a goal that the argument rejects; the second presents a course of action that has been adopted in pursuit of that goal.

First bold statement shows why companies would want to rush the product to market asap, and second statement provides an alternate strategy that should account for flaw in original approach.
Ans C justifies the role of both statements on these lines.

Hence Ans C it is.
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Re: A cancer drug that shows positive results in early laborator [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2012, 22:56
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The first boldface shows why the companies were excited. The second boldface mentions an alternate strategy that would compensate to the weaknesses in the the former one.
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Re: A cancer drug that shows positive results in early [#permalink] New post 12 May 2014, 02:30
Options A and C are very close here, why is A Wrong?

As Per my understanding A tells us more precisely that a certain strategy (Rush to Market) is CounterProductive, however Option c does not mentions this.

Please clarify.

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Re: A cancer drug that shows positive results in early   [#permalink] 12 May 2014, 02:30
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