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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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(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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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.

okay. I am putting my explanation to those who didn't choose option C as answer.

Premise: For sinus pain, 3 out of 4 hospitals give Novex. that is 75 % hospital use medicine Novex as pain killer.
Conclusion: Novex is the most effective pain killer.

We need to find something that will weaken conclusion 'Novex is the most effective'. Without looking at the option, if you would question, why Novex is not most effective even 75% hospitals use this medicine ?
There could be below possibilities.
1. Novex is used everywhere because, it is abundantly available.
2. The most effective pain killer may not be affordable to most of the patients.

Now going through the options
(A) Some competing brands of painkillers are intended to reduce other kinds of pain in addition to sinus pain. Argument talks only about 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. Argument talks about effectiveness and not tolerance.
(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. Yes. Most of hospitals use Novex because it is easily affordable to everyone. It may not be the most effective.
(D) Unlike some competing brands of painkillers, Novex is available from pharmacies without a doctor’s prescription. No one will use any medicine that is sold without prescription knowing that it is not effective.
(E) In clinical trials Novex has been found more effective than competing brands of painkillers that have been on the market longer than Novex. It strengthens the argument.
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For weaken questions I follow the strategy that first i identify the conclusion and then look for ways on what are the other ways in which the conclusion can hold ( without the given premise)

In this question Conclusion - Novex should be used in as the most effective painkiller in Sinus
Premise - 3/4 hospitals use Novex for sinus pain.

If we can somehow think of other ways as to why Novex is used ( without thinking of the hospitals answer , we hit the nail there)

(A) Some competing brands of painkillers are intended to reduce other kinds of pain in addition to sinus pain.
- Talks about other kinds of pain , irrelevant in the conclusions context.
(B) Many hospitals that do not usually use Novex will do so for those patients who cannot tolerate the drug the hospitals usually use.
- This answer choice tells us that hospitals will use Novex for patients who cannot tolerate the drug that the hospitals usually give.
Again does not help our conclusion.
(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.
- This answer choice states that because of ulterior motives of hospitals ( that they have the drug at very low cost) , the drug Novex is used by hospitals and not because its very effective. Bingo
(D) Unlike some competing brands of painkillers, Novex is available from pharmacies without a doctor's prescription.
- Irrelevant in the context of the conclusion , talks about getting the medicine from pharmacy.
(E) In clinical trials Novex has been found more effective than competing brands of painkillers that have been on the market longer than Novex.
- Again irrelevant in context of the conclusion.

Hope this helps
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This is a weaken question. Correct answers do not have to absolutely, without a doubt, in all circumstances weaken the conclusion. They only have to open up the possibility that the conclusion is not valid. The correct answer on a weaken question will typically accomplish this by introducing a new piece of information that calls into question an assumption made by the author.

Given -->75% of hospitals give patients Novex.

Claim --> Novex is most effective.

Assumption --> author assumes that effectiveness is the metric the hospitals use when deciding what medication to give.

Note --> the argument does not say WHY hospitals give patients Novex. We would all like to believe that they will choose based on the effectiveness of the medication, but that's not necessarily the case. We have no idea why these hospitals gave patients Novex. This is where the author's assumption comes in.

In order to weaken, the correct answer will open up the possibility that the hospitals use some other metric, not effectiveness, when deciding what medication to use.

And that's exactly what choice C does: the hospitals may be basing their decision on money, not effectiveness. That negatively affects the author's assumption that the hospitals must be deciding based upon effectiveness.

B talks about the 25% of the hospitals that don't give their patients Novex (at least to start). So, first, this is a minority (part of the author's argument was based on the behavior of the 75% majority). Second, if these 25% that don't start with Novex will then use Novex when the first medication doesn't work... if anything, that would seem to strengthen the author's assumption that Novex is the most effective. Perhaps that 25% uses some cheaper but inferior drug first and then switches to the more effective but more expensive Novex for those patients for whom the inferior drug fails.

More simply, though, B is out of scope because it's focusing on the 25% minority. The author isn't claiming that everyone uses Novex - only that it's the most effective because a majority uses it. Information about the minority doesn't affect that claim.
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How is B incorrect? It states that hospitals are forced to prescribe Novex. It could be that the the drugs which are unbearable could be more effective than Novex. Pls correct me if I am wrong.
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Just because three out of four hospitals give their patients Novex, does that mean that Novex is the most EFFECTIVE painkiller? Maybe there is another painkiller that is a bit more effective, but since Novex is much cheaper, the hospitals go with the cheaper option.

Choice (C) fits with this scenario. Drug manufacturers encourage hospitals to buy Novex by selling it at very low prices. Sure, this doesn't PROVE that a more effective option exists, but it certainly suggests that the hospitals might purchase Novex because it is cheap, not necessarily because it is the most effective option.

In other words, (C) provides an alternate explanation for the data cited in the ad and, thus, seriously undermines the advertisement’s argument. (C) is the best answer.

Hi Charles, it feels both B and C require assumptions. For C, we can say just because the manufacturer is selling the drug at low prices does not mean that it is not effective. Even best products adopt such marketing strategies. B at least indicates that hospitals are not using the drug as first preference.

Could you help dispel the doubt.
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Just because three out of four hospitals give their patients Novex, does that mean that Novex is the most EFFECTIVE painkiller? Maybe there is another painkiller that is a bit more effective, but since Novex is much cheaper, the hospitals go with the cheaper option.

Choice (C) fits with this scenario. Drug manufacturers encourage hospitals to buy Novex by selling it at very low prices. Sure, this doesn't PROVE that a more effective option exists, but it certainly suggests that the hospitals might purchase Novex because it is cheap, not necessarily because it is the most effective option.

In other words, (C) provides an alternate explanation for the data cited in the ad and, thus, seriously undermines the advertisement’s argument. (C) is the best answer.

Hi Charles, it feels both B and C require assumptions. For C, we can say just because the manufacturer is selling the drug at low prices does not mean that it is not effective. Even best products adopt such marketing strategies. B at least indicates that hospitals are not using the drug as first preference.

Could you help dispel the doubt.

Remember that we are looking for the answer choice that most seriously undermines the advertisement's claim -- we do not need to prove that the advertisement's claim is false. It is enough to show that one answer choice undermines the argument more seriously than the others.

The advertisement argues that Novex is the most effective medication for sinus pain, and the evidence supporting this argument is that three out of four hospitals give their patients Novex. (C) directly undermines the relationship between the evidence and the conclusion by providing an alternate explanation for prescribing Novex -- namely, the low cost of the drug. This doesn't prove that Novex is not effective, but that is not our task. (C) casts doubt that the evidence presented in the passage supports the conclusion, which undermines the argument as a whole.

(B), on the other hand, does not directly undermine the argument. The following questions are raised when considering (B):

• (B) states that "many" hospitals only prescribe Novex to patients who cannot tolerate another drug. How does this number of hospitals stack up against the "three out of four" cited in the argument? To choose this answer choice as the most serious weakener, we need to assume that this number is non-negligible, and there is no information to support this assumption.
• Why do these hospitals not prescribe Novex to other patients? To choose (B) we need to assume that this decision is based on the efficacy of the drug, instead of some other factor (like price). Again, there is nothing to support this assumption.

While (C) doesn't prove that the advertisement's claim is wrong, it does cast serious doubt that the evidence cited in the passage supports the argument's conclusion. (B), on the other hand, would require several unsupported assumptions to cast doubt on the argument. For this reason, (C) most seriously undermines the argument and is the correct answer.

I hope that helps!
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Hi AndrewN and VeritasKarishma, I'm reaching out to you for some assistance on this weakener question. I'm confused between options B and C, and here's why.

(B) Many hospitals that do not usually use Novex will do so for those patients who cannot tolerate the drug the hospitals usually use.
I assumed here that the drug that is generally used by the hospitals is the most effective one, but for patients who cannot tolerate that drug, the hospitals are bound to give them Novex. Thus this makes Novex a less effective drug and thereby weakens the conclusion. The alternate logic mentioned in some of the other posts is that maybe the other drug that is primarily used by the hospitals is not as effective as Novex, but are used for other reasons, maybe its cheaper. Is it the right assumption to make that a hospital will not use the most effective drug for a reason that it is costlier than a lower performing drug?

(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.
This statement generalizes all drug manufacturers and not just the ones manufacturing Novex. So, sure, we can assume that Novex is supplied to the hospitals at a cheaper price and so hospitals use it even if it is not the most effective drug, but it could be true for other drugs as well. Manufacturers of those drugs can just as easily supply them to the hospitals at a much cheaper price. So I felt that this argument also did not weaken the conclusion effectively.

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Hi AndrewN and VeritasKarishma, I'm reaching out to you for some assistance on this weakener question. I'm confused between options B and C, and here's why.

(B) Many hospitals that do not usually use Novex will do so for those patients who cannot tolerate the drug the hospitals usually use.
I assumed here that the drug that is generally used by the hospitals is the most effective one, but for patients who cannot tolerate that drug, the hospitals are bound to give them Novex. Thus this makes Novex a less effective drug and thereby weakens the conclusion. The alternate logic mentioned in some of the other posts is that maybe the other drug that is primarily used by the hospitals is not as effective as Novex, but are used for other reasons, maybe its cheaper. Is it the right assumption to make that a hospital will not use the most effective drug for a reason that it is costlier than a lower performing drug?

(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.
This statement generalizes all drug manufacturers and not just the ones manufacturing Novex. So, sure, we can assume that Novex is supplied to the hospitals at a cheaper price and so hospitals use it even if it is not the most effective drug, but it could be true for other drugs as well. Manufacturers of those drugs can just as easily supply them to the hospitals at a much cheaper price. So I felt that this argument also did not weaken the conclusion effectively.

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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.

3 of the 4 hospitals use Novel.

Conclusion: Novex is most effective.

Weaken it. Note that we have to weaken that it is most effective. We need to say that it may not be the most effective but hospitals may be using it for some other reason - quickly available/easy to administer/cheap/no side effects etc.

(A) Some competing brands of painkillers are intended to reduce other kinds of pain in addition to sinus pain.

Irrelevant

(B) Many hospitals that do not usually use Novex will do so for those patients who cannot tolerate the drug the hospitals usually use.

The 1 out of 4 hospitals that do not use Novex use say Medicine X usually.
These hospitals use Novex in cases where patients cannot tolerate Medicine X.
What does this tell us about Novex? Just that in some cases, patients tolerate Novex though they do not tolerate some other medicines.
Does it have anything to do with effectiveness of Novex? No.

aritrar4 - if you assume that a hospital will give the most effective drug first, and 3 out of 4 hospitals give Novex, then Novex is the most effective (as per the judgment of the hospitals). Then how can we weaken it anyway?
We can make no such assumption. There could be any number of reasons a hospital/doctor may prescribe one medicine over another. A doctor may prescribe even a costlier medicine over a cheaper brand only because the manufacturer gives him free tickets to a play! Think of economy as it is - not as it ideally should be.

(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.

By selling at cheaper prices, many manufacturers increase the sales of their products. So hospitals buy more of those products which are available at a cheaper price. This could be the reason 3 out of 4 hospitals use Novex. Hence it weakens our conclusion. It brings in doubt in our mind about the reason why most hospitals prescribe Novex. It tells us that in the decision of the hospitals about which medicine to give, other factors are at play.

(D) Unlike some competing brands of painkillers, Novex is available from pharmacies without a doctor’s prescription.

We are talking about hospitals giving the medicine to their patients, not what patients may take themselves.

(E) In clinical trials Novex has been found more effective than competing brands of painkillers that have been on the market longer than Novex.

Strengthens that Novex is more effective.

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Hi,

Isn't Option C a very generic statement? It nowhere mentions about the specific drug we are talking about in the question. That's why i got confused. Could you please help me with this doubt? Thanks

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Just because three out of four hospitals give their patients Novex, does that mean that Novex is the most EFFECTIVE painkiller? Maybe there is another painkiller that is a bit more effective, but since Novex is much cheaper, the hospitals go with the cheaper option.

Choice (C) fits with this scenario. Drug manufacturers encourage hospitals to buy Novex by selling it at very low prices. Sure, this doesn't PROVE that a more effective option exists, but it certainly suggests that the hospitals might purchase Novex because it is cheap, not necessarily because it is the most effective option.

In other words, (C) provides an alternate explanation for the data cited in the ad and, thus, seriously undermines the advertisement’s argument. (C) is the best answer.

Hi Charles, it feels both B and C require assumptions. For C, we can say just because the manufacturer is selling the drug at low prices does not mean that it is not effective. Even best products adopt such marketing strategies. B at least indicates that hospitals are not using the drug as first preference.

Could you help dispel the doubt.

Remember that we are looking for the answer choice that most seriously undermines the advertisement's claim -- we do not need to prove that the advertisement's claim is false. It is enough to show that one answer choice undermines the argument more seriously than the others.

The advertisement argues that Novex is the most effective medication for sinus pain, and the evidence supporting this argument is that three out of four hospitals give their patients Novex. (C) directly undermines the relationship between the evidence and the conclusion by providing an alternate explanation for prescribing Novex -- namely, the low cost of the drug. This doesn't prove that Novex is not effective, but that is not our task. (C) casts doubt that the evidence presented in the passage supports the conclusion, which undermines the argument as a whole.

(B), on the other hand, does not directly undermine the argument. The following questions are raised when considering (B):

• (B) states that "many" hospitals only prescribe Novex to patients who cannot tolerate another drug. How does this number of hospitals stack up against the "three out of four" cited in the argument? To choose this answer choice as the most serious weakener, we need to assume that this number is non-negligible, and there is no information to support this assumption.
• Why do these hospitals not prescribe Novex to other patients? To choose (B) we need to assume that this decision is based on the efficacy of the drug, instead of some other factor (like price). Again, there is nothing to support this assumption.

While (C) doesn't prove that the advertisement's claim is wrong, it does cast serious doubt that the evidence cited in the passage supports the argument's conclusion. (B), on the other hand, would require several unsupported assumptions to cast doubt on the argument. For this reason, (C) most seriously undermines the argument and is the correct answer.

I hope that helps!
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Isn't Option C a very generic statement? It nowhere mentions about the specific drug we are talking about in the question. That's why i got confused. Could you please help me with this doubt? Thanks

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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.

This option says that the drug manufacturers often sell their products to hospitals at a very low price. Why do they do this?? Answer:-They want to increase sales and hence increase their revenues.

Hospital will buy Novax because for them there is a profit.Ex:- Novax C.P earlier was 10\$ and S.P was 20\$. Net profit to hospital 10\$

After getting at lowest price from manufacturer, suppose new CP=5\$ and SP is 20\$. Here net profit is 15\$.

Hospital will now sell Novax more in order to gain more profit. This is the reason why 3 out of 4 hospitals are recommending Novax.

Does that mean in Sinus Pain we should take Novax??
This is weakening our assumption that we should take Novax just because 3/4 hospitals are recommending Novax.

The hospital is motivated by the profits and hence is recommending Novax.

I hope that helps!
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(A) Some competing brands of painkillers are intended to reduce other kinds of pain in addition to sinus pain.
This may be the case however we are not in a light to comment on the same Novex might also perform the same function

(B) Many hospitals that do not usually use Novex will do so for those patients who cannot tolerate the drug the hospitals usually use.
These patients may be part of the 1/4 the patients adressed above

(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.
This can seriously affect the argument claiming that the price was the factor for the hospital reccomendation and not the medicine itself

(D) Unlike some competing brands of painkillers, Novex is available from pharmacies without a doctor’s prescription.
This is out of context

(E) In clinical trials Novex has been found more effective than competing brands of painkillers that have been on the market longer than Nove
This lends support to the argument
Hence IMO C
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How is B incorrect? It states that hospitals are forced to prescribe Novex. It could be that the the drugs which are unbearable could be more effective than Novex. Pls correct me if I am wrong.

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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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(B) Many hospitals that do not usually use Novex will do so for those patients who cannot tolerate the drug the hospitals usually use.

All we know from (B) is that the hospitals that do NOT usually use Novex will use Novex occasionally. Sure, it is possible that the drug normally used by those hospitals is more effective, but we don't know that. Consider the following scenario:

• The hospitals referred to in choice (B)--those that do not usually use Novex--normally use Drug X, which is slightly less effective than Novex but MUCH cheaper.
• Sometimes, their patients cannot tolerate Drug X, so these hospitals must use Novex.
• Novex is still the most effective option, so choice (B) does not necessarily undermine the advertisement's argument.

In other words, maybe Novex IS the most effective painkiller and these hospitals normally use another, cheaper option. In order for (B) to weaken the argument, you have to assume that there is another, more effective option. But (B) does not suggest that such an option exists. Eliminate (B).

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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.

Just because three out of four hospitals give their patients Novex, does that mean that Novex is the most EFFECTIVE painkiller? Maybe there is another painkiller that is a bit more effective, but since Novex is much cheaper, the hospitals go with the cheaper option.

Choice (C) fits with this scenario. Drug manufacturers encourage hospitals to buy Novex by selling it at very low prices. Sure, this doesn't PROVE that a more effective option exists, but it certainly suggests that the hospitals might purchase Novex because it is cheap, not necessarily because it is the most effective option.

In other words, (C) provides an alternate explanation for the data cited in the ad and, thus, seriously undermines the advertisement’s argument. (C) is the best answer.

GMATNinja mikemcgarry AndrewN I am a little confused, just like we can't assume in Option B that the other normally prescribed medication is better. How can we assume in C that just because the manufacturers are selling it at the "lowest price they can afford" means its inferior, maybe the cheaper drug is more effective. Too many leaps required. Feel confused. Please help.
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but how do we know that 'in many' ...novax company is included.....its a strong assumption to make
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