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# A cancer drug that shows positive results in early

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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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30 Oct 2012, 20:04
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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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30 Oct 2012, 23:56
+1 C.
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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12 May 2014, 03:30
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.

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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 profi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.
First Bold faced doesn't say the first strategy is counter productive. It just provides the reason why this strategy should be pursued. 2nd boldface is correct

(B) The first is a consideration raised to support the strategy that the argument recommends; the second presents that strategy.
It is not the strategy which is recommended by the passage, in fact it says it is counter productive. 2nd BF is ok.

(C) The first is a consideration raised to explain the appeal of a certain strategy; the second presents an alternative strategy.
Looks good.

(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.
First is not an assumption to justify the course of action which the argument recommends. It just explains why the first strategy is adopted by the companies. 2nd BF represents another strategy which needs to be adopted.

(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.
1st BF is correct. 2nd BF says the strategy is adopted but in the argument it doesn't say it is adopted but the strategy is suggested by the author.
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01 Oct 2014, 10:01
Lots of enticing options, but I went with C.

I feel like C states what the boldface statements say: the appeal of one possible strategy and then a "possibly better" but just alternate strategy.
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02 Nov 2016, 07:04
very interestimg question. I did get it right but I was struck between A C and E.
However it took me 4 min to get the right answer .
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