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# According to a recent study of consumer spending on prescription

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21 Feb 2019, 03:46
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According to a recent study of consumer spending on prescription medications, increases in the sales of the 50 drugs that were advertised most heavily accounts for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came from sales of the 9,850 prescription medicines that companies did not advertise or advertised very little.

a) heavily accounts for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came
b) heavily were what accounted for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year; the remainder of the increase coming
c) heavily accounted for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of the increase coming
d) heavily, accounting for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, while the remainder of the increase came
e) heavily, which accounted for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, with the remainder of it coming

I do not quite understand why the answer is [see spoiler]. I thought that the sentence "..., the remainder of the increase coming from sales of the 9,850 prescription medicines that..." must be a complete sentence and, therefore, needs to contain a subject and verb.
In my opinion, "coming" rather is a noun modifier in this context. Doesn't this indicate that the sentence is incomplete? What am I missing here?
(Question comes from GMAT official guide 2018 Q:721)
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21 Feb 2019, 04:00
a) heavily accounts for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came
b) heavily were what accounted for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year; the remainder of the increase coming
c) heavily accounted for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of the increase coming
d) heavily, accounting for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, while the remainder of the increase came
e) heavily, which accounted for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, with the remainder of it coming

The best answer for the above is option C. since it corrects the error of the words- accounted and coming making it the best possible answer
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21 Feb 2019, 04:03
Sorry guys, I'm new here. Question got already answered by another user. (see search engine, can't post links yet)
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21 Feb 2019, 04:24
felixbastian wrote:
According to a recent study of consumer spending on prescription medications, increases in the sales of the 50 drugs that were advertised most heavily accounts for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came from sales of the 9,850 prescription medicines that companies did not advertise or advertised very little.

a) heavily accounts for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came
b) heavily were what accounted for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year; the remainder of the increase coming
c) heavily accounted for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of the increase coming
d) heavily, accounting for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, while the remainder of the increase came
e) heavily, which accounted for almost half of the \$20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, with the remainder of it coming

I do not quite understand why the answer is [see spoiler]. I thought that the sentence "..., the remainder of the increase coming from sales of the 9,850 prescription medicines that..." must be a complete sentence and, therefore, needs to contain a subject and verb.
In my opinion, "coming" rather is a noun modifier in this context. Doesn't this indicate that the sentence is incomplete? What am I missing here?
(Question comes from GMAT official guide 2018 Q:721)

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