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Advertisement: For sinus pain, three out of four hospitals give their patients Novex. So when you want the most effective painkiller for sinus pain, Novex is the one to choose.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the advertisement’s argument?
(A) Some competing brands of painkillers are intended to reduce other kinds of pain in addition to sinus pain.
(B) Many hospitals that do not usually use Novex will do so for those patients who cannot tolerate the drug the hospitals usually use.
(C) Many drug manufacturers increase sales of their products to hospitals by selling these products to the hospitals at the lowest price the manufacturers can afford.
(D) Unlike some competing brands of painkillers, Novex is available from pharmacies without a doctor’s prescription.
(E) In clinical trials Novex has been found more effective than competing brands of painkillers that have been on the market longer than Novex.

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12 May 2010, 07:32
IMO C.

The reason that Novex is so popular has to do with something other than its effectiveness? I immediately thought low cost and low and behold, it was one of the answers.

A --out of scope
B --tells us nothing about its effectiveness...tolerance is out of scope
C --Weakens argument
D --so what
E --this supports not undermines the argument
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12 May 2010, 07:43
I think the same ..but OA is D, which doesn't make sense to me atleast.

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IMO C.

The reason that Novex is so popular has to do with something other than its effectiveness? I immediately thought low cost and low and behold, it was one of the answers.

A --out of scope
B --tells us nothing about its effectiveness...tolerance is out of scope
C --Weakens argument
D --so what
E --this supports not undermines the argument
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12 May 2010, 09:24
IMO B...
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12 May 2010, 11:37
IMO C....

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13 May 2010, 05:44
I am inclined towards C.. Is D really the OA .. That's cruel. Can you please recheck achan.
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14 May 2010, 13:32
I did some research

The OA is C
This is a question from OG 11 #10.

achan wrote:
I think the same ..but OA is D, which doesn't make sense to me atleast.

onedayill wrote:
IMO C.

The reason that Novex is so popular has to do with something other than its effectiveness? I immediately thought low cost and low and behold, it was one of the answers.

A --out of scope
B --tells us nothing about its effectiveness...tolerance is out of scope
C --Weakens argument
D --so what
E --this supports not undermines the argument

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14 May 2010, 14:44
excatly, indeed its OG 11 Q and the oa is "C"
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03 Jun 2010, 07:02
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excatly, indeed its OG 11 Q and the oa is "C"

ok, that makes sense
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05 Jun 2010, 19:22
(C) Many drug manufacturers increase sales of their products to hospitals by selling these products to the hospitals at the lowest price the manufacturers can afford

Isn't this answer choice too vague?? "their products", "these products".......i mean it doesn't actually specify which products. How can we be sure whether the product is painkiller or some other drugs??
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14 Nov 2011, 08:56
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(C) Many drug manufacturers increase sales of their products to hospitals by selling these products to the hospitals at the lowest price the manufacturers can afford

Isn't this answer choice too vague?? "their products", "these products".......i mean it doesn't actually specify which products. How can we be sure whether the product is painkiller or some other drugs??

Indeed vague.....
But, at least by POE and an assumption that "these products like" are those products like the one in reference, i.e. Novex... Poorly worded, as you said... Could others throw comments on the wordings...
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14 Nov 2011, 14:54
bibha wrote:
(C) Many drug manufacturers increase sales of their products to hospitals by selling these products to the hospitals at the lowest price the manufacturers can afford

Isn't this answer choice too vague?? "their products", "these products".......i mean it doesn't actually specify which products. How can we be sure whether the product is painkiller or some other drugs??

Remember, the GMAT doesn't want you to find the perfect answer. They are asking for is the best answer out of the choices provided. C is clearly the best out of the available options.
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(A) Some competing brands of painkillers are intended to reduce other kinds of pain in addition to sinus pain. => out of scope
(B) Many hospitals that do not usually use Novex will do so for those patients who cannot tolerate the drug the hospitals usually use. => Strengthen the effective of Novex
(C) Many drug manufacturers increase sales of their products to hospitals by selling these products to the hospitals at the lowest price the manufacturers can afford. => Make Navex available in the almost all of hospital, weaken the reasoning of Navex's effective
(D) Unlike some competing brands of painkillers, Novex is available from pharmacies without a doctor’s prescription. => in pharmacies, not in hospital, out of scope
(E) In clinical trials Novex has been found more effective than competing brands of painkillers that have been on the market longer than Novex. => In some related field, this choice strengthen.

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15 Nov 2011, 07:46
because: most of the time statistics are not always reliable. you need to attack that shows 3/4 hospitals choose novex not because it is the best available, but because of something else, like choice C, which states that manafacturers of novex sell novex at very low prices to hospitals that are offering novex.
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07 Dec 2011, 00:59
I will give it a shot.

The advertisement tried to "Impress" people by quoting "3 out of 4 hospital give patients Novex" --> it implied that "Wow", Novex must be good! even 3 out of 4 hospitals use Novex Trustworthy painkiller!"

BUT D said: Unlike some competing brands of painkillers, Novex is available from pharmacies without a doctor’s prescription. --> This statement implied that ...well...Novex is not that trustworthy as claimed since it is available from pharmacies NOT even need Doctor's prescription

So D weaken or undermine...

Hope this sounds right
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07 Dec 2011, 01:53
Thanks for replies

OA is C
This q from OG

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