Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 22 Jul 2014, 13:51

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

CR - Evaluate : it is illegal to advertise prescription

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Manager
Manager
avatar
Status: Re-take.. The OG just loves me too much.
Joined: 18 Jun 2012
Posts: 67
Location: India
GMAT 1: 600 Q44 V29
WE: Information Technology (Consulting)
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 16 [0], given: 48

CR - Evaluate : it is illegal to advertise prescription [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2012, 08:01
Question Source : Critical Reasoning from GMAT Prep

It is illegal to advertise prescription medications in Hedland except directly to physicians, either by mail or in medical journals. A proposed law would allow general advertising of prescription medications. Opponents object that the general population lacks the specialized knowledge to evaluate such advertisements and might ask their physicians for inappropriate medications. But since physicians have the final say as to whether to prescribe a medication for a patient, inappropriate prescriptions would not become more common.

Which of the following would it be most useful to establish in order to evaluate the argument?


A. Whether advertising for prescription medications might alert patients to the existence of effective treatments for minor ailments that they had previously thought to be untreatable

B. Whether some people might go to a physician for no reason other than ask for a particular medication they have seen advertised

C. Whether the proposed law requires prescription-medication advertisements directed to the general public to provide the same information as do advertisements directed to physicians.

D. Whether advertisements for prescription medications are currently an important source of information about newly available medications for physicians

E. Whether physicians would give in to patients’ demands for prescription medication they chose when the one originally prescribed by the physician fails to perform.


Can someone explain what should be the logic to solve this kind of questions?
I have serious problems with the evaluate type of questions.

OA would follow soon..

_________________

Live Life the Way YOU Love It !! :)


GmatPrep1 [10/09/2012] : 650 (Q42;V38) - need to make lesser silly mistakes.
MGMAT 1 [11/09/2012] : 640 (Q44;V34) - need to improve quant pacing and overcome verbal fatigue.

Kaplan Promo CodeKnewton GMAT Discount CodesGMAT Pill GMAT Discount Codes
Expert Post
1 KUDOS received
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
User avatar
Joined: 16 Oct 2010
Posts: 4558
Location: Pune, India
Followers: 1028

Kudos [?]: 4449 [1] , given: 162

Re: CR - Evaluate : it is illegal to advertise prescription [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2012, 21:03
1
This post received
KUDOS
Expert's post
thebigr002 wrote:
Question Source : Critical Reasoning from GMAT Prep

It is illegal to advertise prescription medications in Hedland except directly to physicians, either by mail or in medical journals. A proposed law would allow general advertising of prescription medications. Opponents object that the general population lacks the specialized knowledge to evaluate such advertisements and might ask their physicians for inappropriate medications. But since physicians have the final say as to whether to prescribe a medication for a patient, inappropriate prescriptions would not become more common.

Which of the following would it be most useful to establish in order to evaluate the argument?


A. Whether advertising for prescription medications might alert patients to the existence of effective treatments for minor ailments that they had previously thought to be untreatable

B. Whether some people might go to a physician for no reason other than ask for a particular medication they have seen advertised

C. Whether the proposed law requires prescription-medication advertisements directed to the general public to provide the same information as do advertisements directed to physicians.

D. Whether advertisements for prescription medications are currently an important source of information about newly available medications for physicians

E. Whether physicians would give in to patients’ demands for prescription medication they chose when the one originally prescribed by the physician fails to perform.


Can someone explain what should be the logic to solve this kind of questions?
I have serious problems with the evaluate type of questions.

OA would follow soon..


'Evaluate the argument' question is a kind of strengthen/weaken question.
You need to find the option which will strengthen or weaken the conclusion. Think of it this way - A says, "It is a good idea to invest in company A right now."
You want to evaluate this argument. What information will be useful in evaluating this statement? Something that lends credibility to this statement e.g. bright future prospects, strong and clean financial results etc or something that weakens this statement e.g. discord between the management and the workers etc.

Similarly, you identify the conclusion of the argument and then evaluate whether the options affect the conclusion.

Conclusion: inappropriate prescriptions would not become more common

Look at option (E) - Whether physicians would give in to patients’ demands for prescription medication they chose when the one originally prescribed by the physician fails to perform.
Do we need to know this to evaluate the argument? Yes we do. If physicians will give in to patients’ demands, inappropriate prescriptions will become more common. If physicians will not give in to patients’ demands, inappropriate prescriptions will not become more common.

_________________

Karishma
Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor
My Blog

Save $100 on Veritas Prep GMAT Courses And Admissions Consulting
Enroll now. Pay later. Take advantage of Veritas Prep's flexible payment plan options.

Veritas Prep Reviews

Expert Post
Kaplan GMAT Instructor
User avatar
Joined: 25 Aug 2009
Posts: 644
Location: Cambridge, MA
Followers: 66

Kudos [?]: 173 [0], given: 2

GMAT Tests User
Re: CR - Evaluate : it is illegal to advertise prescription [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2012, 12:35
Expert's post
Evaluate question like these are another form of Argument question. Just like Assumption, Strengthen, Weaken, and Flaw questions, your first step is to find the assumption of the argument, the gap between the evidence and conclusion.

In this case, the author's evidence is that doctors have "the final say," and as a result that author concludes patients knowing about medicines will cause poor medical decisions. But we're changing subjects here! The evidence is about who makes the decision, while the conclusion is about HOW the decision turns out. There are many factors that influence the doctor's final decision--including the patient's requests.

Therefore, the assumption is that patients knowing about drugs won't cause doctors, who do have the final say, to make poor choices. And this is an Evaluation question. So we look for the answer choice that lets us evaluate that assumption--we need to ask whether or not patient knowledge can influence medical judgement. And indeed, (E) is exactly the right question, and the correct answer.

Good luck, and I hope this helps!

_________________

Eli Meyer
Kaplan Teacher
http://www.kaptest.com/GMAT

Prepare with Kaplan and save $150 on a course!

Image

Kaplan Reviews

Manager
Manager
avatar
Status: Re-take.. The OG just loves me too much.
Joined: 18 Jun 2012
Posts: 67
Location: India
GMAT 1: 600 Q44 V29
WE: Information Technology (Consulting)
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 16 [0], given: 48

Re: CR - Evaluate : it is illegal to advertise prescription [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2012, 01:41
@VeritasPrepKarishma -

Quote:

'Evaluate the argument' question is a kind of strengthen/weaken question.
You need to find the option which will strengthen or weaken the conclusion. Think of it this way - A says, "It is a good idea to invest in company A right now."
You want to evaluate this argument. What information will be useful in evaluating this statement? Something that lends credibility to this statement e.g. bright future prospects, strong and clean financial results etc or something that weakens this statement e.g. discord between the management and the workers etc.

Similarly, you identify the conclusion of the argument and then evaluate whether the options affect the conclusion.


Does that mean that we can apply a sort of Yes/No test.
the correct option would strengthen or weaken the conclusion in either of the yes/no evaluation questions..

say for example -

If physicians will give in to patients’ demands, inappropriate prescriptions will become more common. - Yes. This weakens the conclusion
If physicians will not give in to patients’ demands, inappropriate prescriptions will not become more common - No. This supports the conclusion.

I guess, if we apply this Yes/No test to all the answer options, we can eliminate the irrelevant ones..
Your comments please..

_________________

Live Life the Way YOU Love It !! :)


GmatPrep1 [10/09/2012] : 650 (Q42;V38) - need to make lesser silly mistakes.
MGMAT 1 [11/09/2012] : 640 (Q44;V34) - need to improve quant pacing and overcome verbal fatigue.

Expert Post
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
User avatar
Joined: 16 Oct 2010
Posts: 4558
Location: Pune, India
Followers: 1028

Kudos [?]: 4449 [0], given: 162

Re: CR - Evaluate : it is illegal to advertise prescription [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2012, 21:08
Expert's post
thebigr002 wrote:
@VeritasPrepKarishma -

Does that mean that we can apply a sort of Yes/No test.
the correct option would strengthen or weaken the conclusion in either of the yes/no evaluation questions..

say for example -

If physicians will give in to patients’ demands, inappropriate prescriptions will become more common. - Yes. This weakens the conclusion
If physicians will not give in to patients’ demands, inappropriate prescriptions will not become more common - No. This supports the conclusion.

I guess, if we apply this Yes/No test to all the answer options, we can eliminate the irrelevant ones..
Your comments please..


You can call it whatever you want. You want to find the option that helps you evaluate the conclusion. So the answer to the question in the option should have the ability to affect the strength of the conclusion - either make it stronger or weaker. Note that it is not necessary that both 'yes' and 'no' will affect the conclusion but at least one of them should.

Say, we go back to our previous example:

A says, "It is a good idea to invest in company A right now."

You want to evaluate this argument. What information will be useful in evaluating this statement?
"Was the senior management turnover high in the last 2 yrs?"

Yes - It affects our argument. It may not be a good idea to invest in A.
No - Doesn't affect our argument. You expect the turnover to be low. If it is as expected, it doesn't make our argument stronger. Just that our argument doesn't become weaker.

_________________

Karishma
Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor
My Blog

Save $100 on Veritas Prep GMAT Courses And Admissions Consulting
Enroll now. Pay later. Take advantage of Veritas Prep's flexible payment plan options.

Veritas Prep Reviews

Re: CR - Evaluate : it is illegal to advertise prescription   [#permalink] 26 Jul 2012, 21:08
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
It is illegal to advertise prescription medications in Shawshank 2 16 Sep 2012, 13:21
1 It is illegal to advertise prescription medications in gurpreet07 6 08 Sep 2009, 11:16
5 CR - Advertisement Kiski 17 04 Feb 2009, 22:23
6 It is illegal to advertise prescription medications in GMATBLACKBELT 31 09 Sep 2007, 00:04
1 It is illegal to advertise prescription medications in laxieqv 14 21 Jun 2006, 04:50
Display posts from previous: Sort by

CR - Evaluate : it is illegal to advertise prescription

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.