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# A new drug, taken twice daily for one month

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A new drug, taken twice daily for one month, is an effective treatment for a certain disease. The drug now most commonly prescribed for the disease occasionally has serious side effects such as seizures; the new drug has side effects much more frequently, but the worst of them is mild nausea. Therefore, the new drug is clearly preferable as a treatment.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A) It is possible that the drug now most commonly prescribed has side effects that have not yet been attributed to it.
B) People who experience nausea are prone to discontinue use of the new drug prematurely.
C) Other drugs for the disease have typically been prescribed only for patients allergic to the most commonly prescribed drug.
D) People who have received effective treatment for disease do not generally contract the disease again.
E) There is a nonprescription medication that when taken with the new drug prevents the onset of nausea.

OA: B

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09 Apr 2018, 19:56
Why A is not right? Isn't it true that the patients might be having some side effects which are yet not attributed to the drug in question?
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10 Apr 2018, 03:19
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Why A is not right? Isn't it true that the patients might be having some side effects which are yet not attributed to the drug in question?

Answer choice A is strengthening the argument. The new drug is not the most commonly prescribed drug.

Essentially what this answer choice implies is that the most commonly used drug (so not the new one) could be worse than it was thought, making the new drug appear preferable, which would strengthen the conclusion.

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Updated on: 12 Apr 2018, 05:15
Understood the question now .

It looks like the new drug causes nausea and if nausea causes people the stop taking drugs then it wont be preferred drug for treatment .

Originally posted by renjana on 10 Apr 2018, 05:58.
Last edited by renjana on 12 Apr 2018, 05:15, edited 1 time in total.
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10 Apr 2018, 08:03
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A new drug, taken twice daily for one month, is an effective treatment for a certain disease. The drug now most commonly prescribed for the disease occasionally has serious side effects such as seizures; the new drug has side effects much more frequently, but the worst of them is mild nausea. Therefore, the new drug is clearly preferable as a treatment.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A) It is possible that the drug now most commonly prescribed has side effects that have not yet been attributed to it.
B) People who experience nausea are prone to discontinue use of the new drug prematurely.
C) Other drugs for the disease have typically been prescribed only for patients allergic to the most commonly prescribed drug.
D) People who have received effective treatment for disease do not generally contract the disease again.
E) There is a nonprescription medication that when taken with the new drug prevents the onset of nausea.

OA: B

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10 Apr 2018, 08:43
Yes I agree A and B are close contenders and A is a bit more appropriate answer. I don't think it is an official question.... Seems poorly designed as A and B both cannot be eliminated with a good reason.

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10 Apr 2018, 09:38
NandishSS wrote:
A new drug, taken twice daily for one month, is an effective treatment for a certain disease. The drug now most commonly prescribed for the disease occasionally has serious side effects such as seizures; the new drug has side effects much more frequently, but the worst of them is mild nausea. Therefore, the new drug is clearly preferable as a treatment.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A) It is possible that the drug now most commonly prescribed has side effects that have not yet been attributed to it.
B) People who experience nausea are prone to discontinue use of the new drug prematurely.
C) Other drugs for the disease have typically been prescribed only for patients allergic to the most commonly prescribed drug.
D) People who have received effective treatment for disease do not generally contract the disease again.
E) There is a nonprescription medication that when taken with the new drug prevents the onset of nausea.

OA: B

Premise: New drug has freq. side effect but their intensity is less therefore new drug is preferable
Missing Link: Freq. of side effect(new drug) does not affect more than the side effect(old drug)

A) It is possible that the drug now most commonly prescribed has side effects that have not yet been attributed to it. - 180 option, it is rather strengthing the argument
B) People who experience nausea are prone to discontinue use of the new drug prematurely.- Bingo!if the sheer one time nausea can make the drug usage discontinued, then this drug can not be preferred for prescription
C) Other drugs for the disease have typically been prescribed only for patients allergic to the most commonly prescribed drug. - we are not at all bothered about other drugs, it is a leap of faith
D) People who have received effective treatment for disease do not generally contract the disease again. - what about the new patients? and even if they do not contract it again then on what grounds we can negate the effectiveness of new drug
E) There is a nonprescription medication that when taken with the new drug prevents the onset of nausea.-we are not at all bothered about the new drug. Also, even if the new drug can be taken into account it would rather strengthen the argument

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10 Apr 2018, 18:59
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NandishSS wrote:
A new drug, taken twice daily for one month, is an effective treatment for a certain disease. The drug now most commonly prescribed for the disease occasionally has serious side effects such as seizures; the new drug has side effects much more frequently, but the worst of them is mild nausea. Therefore, the new drug is clearly preferable as a treatment.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A) It is possible that the drug now most commonly prescribed has side effects that have not yet been attributed to it.
B) People who experience nausea are prone to discontinue use of the new drug prematurely.
C) Other drugs for the disease have typically been prescribed only for patients allergic to the most commonly prescribed drug.
D) People who have received effective treatment for disease do not generally contract the disease again.
E) There is a nonprescription medication that when taken with the new drug prevents the onset of nausea.

OA: B

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A new drug, taken twice daily for one month

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HI GMATNinjaTwo ,

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10 Apr 2018, 19:25
NandishSS wrote:
GMATNinjaTwo wrote:
NandishSS wrote:
A new drug, taken twice daily for one month, is an effective treatment for a certain disease. The drug now most commonly prescribed for the disease occasionally has serious side effects such as seizures; the new drug has side effects much more frequently, but the worst of them is mild nausea. Therefore, the new drug is clearly preferable as a treatment.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A) It is possible that the drug now most commonly prescribed has side effects that have not yet been attributed to it.
B) People who experience nausea are prone to discontinue use of the new drug prematurely.
C) Other drugs for the disease have typically been prescribed only for patients allergic to the most commonly prescribed drug.
D) People who have received effective treatment for disease do not generally contract the disease again.
E) There is a nonprescription medication that when taken with the new drug prevents the onset of nausea.

OA: B

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A new drug, taken twice daily for one month

NandishSS, is this in fact a question from the GMATPrep software, or is it simply an edited version of this question from EP2?

We want to make sure that questions with the "GMAT Prep EP2" tag are ACTUAL questions from EP2. Questions BASED on official questions should be tagged with the actual source (i.e. "Self-made question", "Other - Please specify", etc.).

HI GMATNinjaTwo ,

Please find the attachment of Question. This not the only question which GMAC have twisted and asked for, but have come across few more question, which are in GMATPrep as Strengthen but in EP2 they have asked to weaken.

I hope it is clear now, Please change the Tag to GMATPrep EP2

Done! Thank you NandishSS for the confirmation!
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