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A new drug, taken twice daily for one month, is an effective treatment

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Which of the following most logically completes the argument?

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; in field tests, the new drug’s side effects, though no worse than mild nausea, turned out to be much more frequent. Nevertheless, the new drug is clearly preferable as a treatment, since _____.

A) people who experience nausea are prone to discontinue use of the new drug prematurely
B) It is possible that the drug now most commonly prescribed has side effects that have not yet been attributed to it
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



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Which of the following most logically completes the argument?

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; in field tests, the new drug’s side effects, though no worse than mild nausea, turned out to be much more frequent. Nevertheless, the new drug is clearly preferable as a treatment, since _____.

A)people who experience nausea are prone to discontinue use of the new drug prematurely
B)It is possible that the drug now most commonly prescribed has side effects that have not yet been attributed to it
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


Please explain your line of reasoning


We have to add something that supports the contention that inspite of side effects this drug is preferable.

A)people who experience nausea are prone to discontinue use of the new drug prematurely --> If people are prone to discontinue the drug , then it couldn't be concluded that this drug is a preferable treatment.
B)It is possible that the drug now most commonly prescribed has side effects that have not yet been attributed to it --> Weakens the conclusion. If many new side effects are going to come into picture then it would not be a preferred drug.
C)other drugs for the disease have typically been prescribed only for patients allergic to the most commonly prescribed drug --> Irrelevent as we have to talk about this drug only.
D)people who have received effective treatment for disease do not generally contract the disease again --> Irrelevent.
E)there is a nonprescription medication that when taken with the new drug prevents the onset of nausea --> If the non prescription medicine could help preventing nausea and tis drug could easily perform its function, then it would be the preferable drug. Hence, Correct
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In B, how does it weaken? B says it's possible the current drug has still more side effects, that is other than seizures. That logically makes the new drug preferable. So IMO B is ok. Although it isn't the OA.

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In B, how does it weaken? B says it's possible the current drug has still more side effects, that is other than seizures. That logically makes the new drug preferable. So IMO B is ok. Although it isn't the OA.

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I see your point. B and E both could fill in the gap.

However, the reason that I can suggest why E is better than B is that option B states a probable case, whereas option E states a certain case and hence is stronger.
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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.

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P.S.: there is a similar "complete the argument question" in GMAT Prep EP2:

http://gmatclub.com/forum/a-new-drug-taken-twice-daily-for-one-month-222505.html


A) It is possible that the drug now most commonly prescribed has side effects that have not yet been attributed to it. --> Conclusion is about new drugs. Not about current drug. Kind of Strengthener
B) People who experience nausea are prone to discontinue use of the new drug prematurely. --> If they are discontinue using prematurely, it may lead to other implications.
C) Other drugs for the disease have typically been prescribed only for patients allergic to the most commonly prescribed drug. : Other drugs, Out of context.
D) People who have received effective treatment for disease do not generally contract the disease again. --> Irrelevant, as it has nothing to related to the conclusion.
E) There is a nonprescription medication that when taken with the new drug prevents the onset of nausea. --> Strengthener. Hence, incorrect.

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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.

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P.S.: there is a similar "complete the argument question" in GMAT Prep EP2:

http://gmatclub.com/forum/a-new-drug-taken-twice-daily-for-one-month-222505.html


B it is. If people are prone to discontinue use of the new drug then cases of mild nausea will become more and more frequent.
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My point B and E. This is more really. The higher sales price could increase the revenues of the old drug. It is also necessary to consider in this matter.
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Which of the following most logically completes the argument?

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; in field tests, the new drug’s side effects, though no worse than mild nausea, turned out to be much more frequent. Nevertheless, the new drug is clearly preferable as a treatment, since _____.

A)people who experience nausea are prone to discontinue use of the new drug prematurely
B)It is possible that the drug now most commonly prescribed has side effects that have not yet been attributed to it
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


Please explain your line of reasoning


Why does this argument add "the new drug's side effects- mild nausea- turned out to be much more frequent" - this is a counterpremise. In order for the argument to make a logical conclusion it has to introduce a premise that refutes or invalidates the counterpremise. What offsets the nausea or eliminates it? A new drug.

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In B, how does it weaken? B says it's possible the current drug has still more side effects, that is other than seizures. That logically makes the new drug preferable. So IMO B is ok. Although it isn't the OA.

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I see your point. B and E both could fill in the gap.

However, the reason that I can suggest why E is better than B is that option B states a probable case, whereas option E states a certain case and hence is stronger.

Is OA B or E

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In B, how does it weaken? B says it's possible the current drug has still more side effects, that is other than seizures. That logically makes the new drug preferable. So IMO B is ok. Although it isn't the OA.

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I see your point. B and E both could fill in the gap.

However, the reason that I can suggest why E is better than B is that option B states a probable case, whereas option E states a certain case and hence is stronger.



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Howcome B is a possible candidate for the right answer? If you can explain reasoning , please.
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Is OA B or E

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OA is E.

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Howcome B is a possible candidate for the right answer? If you can explain reasoning , please.


Hi pratik1709 ,

B is a possible candidate because it says the existing drug may have some unknown side effects. It means the new drug is still preferable.

But since we have a strong candidate E here, I would prefer not to go with B.

Does that make sense?
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Yeah..got it..
I read as New Drug instead of current drug and got confused..

Anyway..thank for clarifying ..

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In B, how does it weaken? B says it's possible the current drug has still more side effects, that is other than seizures. That logically makes the new drug preferable. So IMO B is ok. Although it isn't the OA.

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I see your point. B and E both could fill in the gap.

However, the reason that I can suggest why E is better than B is that option B states a probable case, whereas option E states a certain case and hence is stronger.


To add to your reasoning about why B is not correct, consider the following:

What B says is that some side effects that are YET UNKNOWN can also be attributed to the commonly prescribed drug. But we cannot establish a preference, or choose not to establish one, based on something that is unknown. Only after something is known can we make a point. The same thing may also be true for the new drug, that it also has some side effects that are YET UNKNOWN. So B doesn't really do anything better than what E does as an answer.

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can anyone explain why D is irrelevant?
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can anyone explain why D is irrelevant?


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Conclusion: Nevertheless, the new drug is clearly preferable as a treatment

And we have to strengthen this conclusion. Option D states:

people who have received effective treatment for disease do not generally contract the disease again
This option states that people don't contract the disease again after treatment, but it doesn't tell anything about why the new drug is preferable as treament.

Option e while states that the side effects related to the new drug can be avoided easily by use of non-prescription drug. This is clearly an advantage of the new drug over most commonly used drug.
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Answer E is correct. The only side effect that the new drug produces is mild nausea. So if it is easy to eliminate this only side effect, you can conclude that the new drug is a better treatment.
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