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For sinus pain, three out of four hospitals give their
patients Novex. So when you want the most effective
painkiller for sinus pain, Novex is the one to choose.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously
(A) Some competing brands of painkillers are
intended to reduce other kinds of pain in
(B) Many hospitals that do not usually use Novex
will do so for those patients who cannot
tolerate the drug the hospitals usually use.
(C) Many drug manufacturers increase sales of their
products to hospitals by selling these products
to the hospitals at the lowest price the manu-
facturers can afford.
(D) Unlike some competing brands of painkillers,
Novex is available from pharmacies without a
doctorâ€™s prescription.
(E) In clinical trials Novex has been found more
effective than competing brands of painkillers
that have been on the market longer than
Novex.
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17 Jun 2006, 14:54

Note that we're looking for the most effective painkiller.

"Many hospitals that do not usually use Novex
will do so for those patients who cannot
tolerate the drug the hospitals usually use."

From the above, it looks like most hospitals do not use Novex by default, but end up doing so for reasons not having to do with its potency as a pain-killer.
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17 Jun 2006, 18:19
jaynayak wrote:
For sinus pain, three out of four hospitals give their
patients Novex. So when you want the most effective
painkiller for sinus pain, Novex is the one to choose.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously
(A) Some competing brands of painkillers are
intended to reduce other kinds of pain in
(B) Many hospitals that do not usually use Novex
will do so for those patients who cannot
tolerate the drug the hospitals usually use.
(C) Many drug manufacturers increase sales of their
products to hospitals by selling these products
to the hospitals at the lowest price the manu-
facturers can afford.
(D) Unlike some competing brands of painkillers,
Novex is available from pharmacies without a
doctorâ€™s prescription.
(E) In clinical trials Novex has been found more
effective than competing brands of painkillers
that have been on the market longer than
Novex.

I bet D on this one. D points out that: the prevalence of Novex has some black reason. Maybe becoz the marketing of Novex is good enough to make the drug popular in the pharmacy store. Or becoz the marketting staffs of Novex and the sellers at those pharmacies share some commission so that Novex is stored in these pharmacies. D also says that "without a doctor's prescription" ---> the popularity of Novex is not qualified.
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24 Jun 2006, 09:14
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jaynayak wrote:
For sinus pain, three out of four hospitals give their
patients Novex. So when you want the most effective
painkiller for sinus pain, Novex is the one to choose.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously
(A) Some competing brands of painkillers are
intended to reduce other kinds of pain in
(B) Many hospitals that do not usually use Novex
will do so for those patients who cannot
tolerate the drug the hospitals usually use.
(C) Many drug manufacturers increase sales of their
products to hospitals by selling these products
to the hospitals at the lowest price the manu-
facturers can afford.
(D) Unlike some competing brands of painkillers,
Novex is available from pharmacies without a
doctorâ€™s prescription.
(E) In clinical trials Novex has been found more
effective than competing brands of painkillers
that have been on the market longer than
Novex.

I bet D on this one. D points out that: the prevalence of Novex has some black reason. Maybe becoz the marketing of Novex is good enough to make the drug popular in the pharmacy store. Or becoz the marketting staffs of Novex and the sellers at those pharmacies share some commission so that Novex is stored in these pharmacies. D also says that "without a doctor's prescription" ---> the popularity of Novex is not qualified.

You just won the bet.

OA: D
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24 Jun 2006, 09:20
jaynayak..i missed this one. can you please post OE for B and D, and also source?
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24 Jun 2006, 09:32
i think the answer should be C

D says Novex is available from pharmacies without prescription - how does that relate to hospitals giving it to 3 out of 4 patients ?
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24 Jun 2006, 09:38
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i think the answer should be C

D says Novex is available from pharmacies without prescription - how does that relate to hospitals giving it to 3 out of 4 patients ?

I think it should have been B - the only reason hospitals give 3 out of 4 patients novex is because they have to. This # is thus skewed.

It cannot be C because what if novex is not one of those manufacturers that sell novex for a cheaper price to hospitals. The choice says - "Many drug manufacturers " - not all

And you are correct, cant be D because pharmacies and hospitals are in different planets. So the source is surely not official
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24 Jun 2006, 10:10
I think the answer is C

it is the only option which undermines the argument "4 out of 5 hospitals recommend Nova..." this explains the numbers in the argument and says why they do not reflect the complete truth

option D is not based on the argument at all ... that cannot be the solution
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24 Jun 2006, 10:19
gmatmba wrote:
iced_tea wrote:
i think the answer should be C

D says Novex is available from pharmacies without prescription - how does that relate to hospitals giving it to 3 out of 4 patients ?

I think it should have been B - the only reason hospitals give 3 out of 4 patients novex is because they have to. This # is thus skewed.

It cannot be C because what if novex is not one of those manufacturers that sell novex for a cheaper price to hospitals. The choice says - "Many drug manufacturers " - not all

And you are correct, cant be D because pharmacies and hospitals are in
ifferent planets. So the source is surely not official

many works in this case - if many of the drug manufacturers sell it to hospitals for a cheaper price and so hospitals provide it to patients - this does not necessarily mean that the drug is the most effective.
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24 Jun 2006, 10:58
iced_tea wrote:
gmatmba wrote:
iced_tea wrote:
i think the answer should be C

D says Novex is available from pharmacies without prescription - how does that relate to hospitals giving it to 3 out of 4 patients ?

I think it should have been B - the only reason hospitals give 3 out of 4 patients novex is because they have to. This # is thus skewed.

It cannot be C because what if novex is not one of those manufacturers that sell novex for a cheaper price to hospitals. The choice says - "Many drug manufacturers " - not all

And you are correct, cant be D because pharmacies and hospitals are in
ifferent planets. So the source is surely not official

many works in this case - if many of the drug manufacturers sell it to hospitals for a cheaper price and so hospitals provide it to patients - this does not necessarily mean that the drug is the most effective.

I get your point, but here many in "Many drug manufacturers increase sales of their products to hospitals" does not necessarily mean that they are selling novex. they could be selling other drugs, in which case this option is out of scope.
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24 Jun 2006, 11:01
you are correct there but only this option is related to the argument that because 4 out of 5 hospitals use Novatex, it is better.

if these drugs were used ebcause they were given at cheap costs to hospitals , it wud explain the contradiction
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24 Jun 2006, 11:05
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you are correct there but only this option is related to the argument that because 4 out of 5 hospitals use Novatex, it is better.

if these drugs were used ebcause they were given at cheap costs to hospitals , it wud explain the contradiction

yea but how do you know Novex is the drug that is cheapers. It does not say all drugs, just says many

Btw, im going for B, you for C and OA is D ... go figure
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24 Jun 2006, 13:29
I will also go for (C).
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24 Jun 2006, 15:59
gmatmba wrote:
foolz_rulz wrote:
you are correct there but only this option is related to the argument that because 4 out of 5 hospitals use Novatex, it is better.

if these drugs were used ebcause they were given at cheap costs to hospitals , it wud explain the contradiction

yea but how do you know Novex is the drug that is cheapers. It does not say all drugs, just says many

Btw, im going for B, you for C and OA is D ... go figure

actually OA is C. I just found this out.

this question is in OG, 11th ed

also see this
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ight=novex
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