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Of the many over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache. SinEase costs the least per dose. And SinEase is as effective per dose as the most effective of those other medications. So for relief from sinus headaches, SinEase is the best buy.

Which weakens the argument.

A. Most of the over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache are equally effective per dose in providing such relief.

B. Many of the over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache contain the same active ingredient as SinEase does.

C. People who suffer from frequent sinus headaches are strongly advised to consult a doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications.

D. An over-the-counter medication that is marketed for the relief of symptoms of head cold is identical in composition to SinEase but costs less per dose.

E. The per dose price for any given over-the-counter medication marketed for the relief of sinus headache is higher for smaller packages than it is for larger packages.

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23 Jan 2013, 05:10
jgomey wrote:

Of the many over the counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache. Sinease costs the least per dose, and sinese is as effective per dose as the most effective of those other medications. So for relief from sinus headaches, sinease is the best buy.

Which weakens the argument.

A. Most of the over the counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache are equally effective per dose in providing such relief.

B. Many of the over the counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache contain the same active ingredient as sinease does.

C. People who suffer from frequent sinus headaches are strongly advised to consult a doctor before taking any over the counter medications.

D. An over the counter medication that is marketed for the relief of symptoms of head cold is identical in composition to sinease but costs less per dose.

E. The per dose price for any given over the counter medication marketed for the relief of sinus headache is higher for smaller packages than it is for larger packages.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Lets discuss it

rarely in weaken argument the word many is correct. moreover, we are talkink about a medice that is effective

I go for A
I like this question because use many words such as $$many$$ or $$most$$ where we have to be careful
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The answers will be discussed whether or not the OA is put up. It would be helpful if after the Q the OA is put up so that atleast the time spent in trying to solve this question is not wasted waiting for someone to reveal the OA. Hope this is understood by all who don't put up OA after the Q waiting for the ans to be discussed.

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23 Jan 2013, 12:22
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The answers will be discussed whether or not the OA is put up. It would be helpful if after the Q the OA is put up so that atleast the time spent in trying to solve this question is not wasted waiting for someone to reveal the OA. Hope this is understood by all who don't put up OA after the Q waiting for the ans to be discussed.

to be honest based on the forum rules the OA has to be put always at the bottom of the question
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04 Oct 2014, 14:13
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jgomey wrote:

Of the many over the counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache. Sinease costs the least per dose, and sinese is as effective per dose as the most effective of those other medications. So for relief from sinus headaches, sinease is the best buy.

Which weakens the argument.

A. Most of the over the counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache are equally effective per dose in providing such relief.

B. Many of the over the counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache contain the same active ingredient as sinease does.

C. People who suffer from frequent sinus headaches are strongly advised to consult a doctor before taking any over the counter medications.

D. An over the counter medication that is marketed for the relief of symptoms of head cold is identical in composition to sinease but costs less per dose.

E. The per dose price for any given over the counter medication marketed for the relief of sinus headache is higher for smaller packages than it is for larger packages.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Lets discuss it

rarely in weaken argument the word many is correct. moreover, we are talkink about a medice that is effective

I go for A
I like this question because use many words such as $$many$$ or $$most$$ where we have to be careful

same here carcass.
a doubt though in option D . i narrowed down to A, B and D.
introduction of the words "head cold" sort of put me out of the blue. practically "head cold" may be equivalent "sinus", but considering CR, are we allowed the privilege to assume both to be the same?? i would have gone with D but rejected only because of the words "head cold".
as far as option B, many contain same active ingredient, what about other ingredients?? they may not be the same as Sinease, unless explicitly mentioned like in option D, that both have the "same composition".

Hence IMO option A. do correct me in case i am wrong!!

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04 Oct 2014, 14:40
I would go with D. Although the other medicines might be as effective, sinease is the cheapest, and therefore probably the best buy (as the argument states) - however what if there is a cheaper alternative for the same symptoms?

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04 Oct 2014, 15:07
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carcass wrote:
jgomey wrote:

Of the many over the counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache. Sinease costs the least per dose, and sinese is as effective per dose as the most effective of those other medications. So for relief from sinus headaches, sinease is the best buy.

Which weakens the argument.

A. Most of the over the counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache are equally effective per dose in providing such relief.

B. Many of the over the counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache contain the same active ingredient as sinease does.

C. People who suffer from frequent sinus headaches are strongly advised to consult a doctor before taking any over the counter medications.

D. An over the counter medication that is marketed for the relief of symptoms of head cold is identical in composition to sinease but costs less per dose.

E. The per dose price for any given over the counter medication marketed for the relief of sinus headache is higher for smaller packages than it is for larger packages.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Lets discuss it

rarely in weaken argument the word many is correct. moreover, we are talkink about a medice that is effective

I go for A
I like this question because use many words such as $$many$$ or $$most$$ where we have to be careful

same here carcass.
a doubt though in option D . i narrowed down to A, B and D.
introduction of the words "head cold" sort of put me out of the blue. practically "head cold" may be equivalent "sinus", but considering CR, are we allowed the privilege to assume both to be the same?? i would have gone with D but rejected only because of the words "head cold".
as far as option B, many contain same active ingredient, what about other ingredients?? they may not be the same as Sinease, unless explicitly mentioned like in option D, that both have the "same composition".

Hence IMO option A. do correct me in case i am wrong!!

So Arnabs - I went for D - I think that's the right answer based on what the OA seems to suggest. This is why (to help my own understanding as much as anything)

Says that this fancy Sinease drug is as effective as those medications specifically designed to treat sinus headaches per dose, but costs less. So I was on the lookout for anywhere where (a) maybe the dose level of Sinease differs from those other medicines or (b) as in this case, there's a viable substitute (that came to me more as I read the options)

A. Most of the over the counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache are equally effective per dose in providing such relief. - states what we already knew. the question stem already tells us that the OTC medicines are as effective as the Sinease medicine, so this is basically saying B=A after the question says A=B (make sense?)

B. Many of the over the counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache contain the same active ingredient as sinease does. - ok, so its the same, and its as effective, we already know that, won't make a difference

C. People who suffer from frequent sinus headaches are strongly advised to consult a doctor before taking any over the counter medications. - irrelevant

D. An over the counter medication that is marketed for the relief of symptoms of head cold is identical in composition to sinease but costs less per dose. - So this is 'the one'. There's an identical drug, and can provide the same relief the Sinus does (the question states that Sinus is the best buy for sinus headaches - clearly this one is better as its cheaper. Hence D.

E. The per dose price for any given over the counter medication marketed for the relief of sinus headache is higher for smaller packages than it is for larger packages. - nope irrelevant

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I doubt OA is D because of two reasons-
2)SECOND REASON-Identical does not mean same.Suppose,we have .125 mg of Zn.If we have .126 mg of Zn,it will be identical in composition but may be that .001 mg can cause other side-effects,you don't know.

Can some one explain why correct answer is D.

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Conclusion: sinease is the best.
Premise: It is as effective per dose as others are and less expensive than others.

To weaken this argument find an answer that either gives drawbacks of sinease that others do not have or introduces a new medicine that is as effective as sinease but lest expensive than it.
A and B are strengthening the argument....C and E are neutral or say irrelevant...

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10 Aug 2015, 02:16
jgomey wrote:

Of the many over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache. SinEase costs the least per dose. And SinEase is as effective per dose as the most effective of those other medications. So for relief from sinus headaches, SinEase is the best buy.

Which weakens the argument.

C. People who suffer from frequent sinus headaches are strongly advised to consult a doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

Anything that says "Well, Sinease is not the best" is the deal.

A. Most of the over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache are equally effective per dose in providing such relief. -->
Other Sinease
equally effective -------------------equally effective
mopre costly-------------------------cheap

Sinease is still best.
B. Many of the over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache contain the same active ingredient as SinEase does. --> is not relavant.
D. An over-the-counter medication that is marketed for the relief of symptoms of head cold is identical in composition to SinEase but costs less per dose.
Head cold is not Sinease. Case closed.
E The per dose price for any given over-the-counter medication marketed for the relief of sinus headache is higher for smaller packages than it is for larger packages. -- out of scope.

People who suffer from frequent sinus headaches are strongly advised to consult a doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications.
This statement indirectly says ok --sinease is not the best deal. may be it is not for you. pl check out with your doctor first if it is best deal for you or not.

Why it is D? I don't understand

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jgomey wrote:

Of the many over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache. SinEase costs the least per dose. And SinEase is as effective per dose as the most effective of those other medications. So for relief from sinus headaches, SinEase is the best buy.

Which weakens the argument.

C. People who suffer from frequent sinus headaches are strongly advised to consult a doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

Anything that says "Well, Sinease is not the best" is the deal.

A. Most of the over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache are equally effective per dose in providing such relief. -->
Other Sinease
equally effective -------------------equally effective
mopre costly-------------------------cheap

Sinease is still best.
B. Many of the over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache contain the same active ingredient as SinEase does. --> is not relavant.
D. An over-the-counter medication that is marketed for the relief of symptoms of head cold is identical in composition to SinEase but costs less per dose.
Head cold is not Sinease. Case closed.
E The per dose price for any given over-the-counter medication marketed for the relief of sinus headache is higher for smaller packages than it is for larger packages. -- out of scope.

People who suffer from frequent sinus headaches are strongly advised to consult a doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications.
This statement indirectly says ok --sinease is not the best deal. may be it is not for you. pl check out with your doctor first if it is best deal for you or not.

Why it is D? I don't understand

What differentiates or makes Sinease best buy?
1.It is Cheaper than the rest.
2. It is as effective as the best one available.

D counters the argument-

1. This other drug has identical composition = so it may be as effective as Sinease for Sinus Headache
2. It not only heals Sinus Headache but also head cold ( we do not need to know what is head cold or Sinus )
3. It is cheaper
4. So effectively, it can be used for two purposes and it still costs less.

I think when we are asked to weaken an argument, we need to create a doubt not necessarily make the argument wrong.

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17 Aug 2015, 02:55
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MyaimHarvard wrote:
jgomey wrote:

Of the many over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache. SinEase costs the least per dose. And SinEase is as effective per dose as the most effective of those other medications. So for relief from sinus headaches, SinEase is the best buy.

Which weakens the argument.

C. People who suffer from frequent sinus headaches are strongly advised to consult a doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

Anything that says "Well, Sinease is not the best" is the deal.

A. Most of the over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache are equally effective per dose in providing such relief. -->
Other Sinease
equally effective -------------------equally effective
mopre costly-------------------------cheap

Sinease is still best.
B. Many of the over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache contain the same active ingredient as SinEase does. --> is not relavant.
D. An over-the-counter medication that is marketed for the relief of symptoms of head cold is identical in composition to SinEase but costs less per dose.
Head cold is not Sinease. Case closed.
E The per dose price for any given over-the-counter medication marketed for the relief of sinus headache is higher for smaller packages than it is for larger packages. -- out of scope.

People who suffer from frequent sinus headaches are strongly advised to consult a doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications.
This statement indirectly says ok --sinease is not the best deal. may be it is not for you. pl check out with your doctor first if it is best deal for you or not.

Why it is D? I don't understand

What differentiates or makes Sinease best buy?
1.It is Cheaper than the rest.
2. It is as effective as the best one available.

D counters the argument-

1. This other drug has identical composition = so it may be as effective as Sinease for Sinus Headache
2. It not only heals Sinus Headache but also head cold ( we do not need to know what is head cold or Sinus )
3. It is cheaper
4. So effectively, it can be used for two purposes and it still costs less.

I think when we are asked to weaken an argument, we need to create a doubt not necessarily make the argument wrong.

Hope the above helps!!!

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I know I am sounding bit chemistry, but identical in composition doesn't mean it is same in all other way. They could be different chemical structure wise (isomer). If both are identical, there won't be two names in the first place. I don't think this is how pharmaceutical world works that medicine with everything same can have two names. right? ? so Until unless D says more about headache we can't assume anything.

+and if is about doubt, C rightly do so.

So for relief from sinus headaches, SinEase is the best buy. --> well, have you seen your doc first? may be it's not for you.
creates doubt. Am I wrong?

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jgomey wrote:

Of the many over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache. SinEase costs the least per dose. And SinEase is as effective per dose as the most effective of those other medications. So for relief from sinus headaches, SinEase is the best buy.

Which weakens the argument.

A. Most of the over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache are equally effective per dose in providing such relief.

B. Many of the over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache contain the same active ingredient as SinEase does.

C. People who suffer from frequent sinus headaches are strongly advised to consult a doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications.

D. An over-the-counter medication that is marketed for the relief of symptoms of head cold is identical in composition to SinEase but costs less per dose.

E. The per dose price for any given over-the-counter medication marketed for the relief of sinus headache is higher for smaller packages than it is for larger packages.

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Can Someone explain why Option C is incorrect here

Still doctor can suggest the advertise medicine which is cost effective. We don't know.

Reasoning for 'D' - The advertisement says "Out of Many I m giving in least cost with same level of effective per dose" - Many is the key word here. Many means - 99 out of 100. 99 is many and Still 1 is left.
So D is a possible answer.

If the advertisement states as "Among all the suppliers, we are giving the medicine with least cost" then "C" sounds better.

Even I chose C But realized now..

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Of the many over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache. SinEase costs the least per dose. And SinEase is as effective per dose as the most effective of those other medications. So for relief from sinus headaches, SinEase is the best buy.
Which WEAKENS the argument.

PREMISE 1) Many medicines are available but Sinease is the cheapest per dose. (100mg tablet of SineEASE is cheapest than 100 mg tablet of any other medicine.)
PREMISE 2) Each Dose of SineEASE is as effective as other medicines. (Whether you take SineEASE or any other medicine, all you need is 1 tablet for relief. )

CONCLUSION) SineEASE is the BEST BUY. (Since it as effective as all others medicine and cost the lowest therefore it is the best buy)

As we can see EACH medicine removes sinus headache in EQUAL DOSE.
One tablet/Capsule/drop of Brand A removes Headache.
One tablet/Capsule/drop of Brand B removes headache.
One tablet/Capsule/drop of Brand C removes Headache
One tablet/Capsule/drop of Brand D removes Headache
One tablet/Capsule of Sinease also removes Headache
And we can also see that SineEASE is cheapest.

NOW ITS VERY HARD TO WEAKEN THIS ARGUMENT THAT SineEASE IS THE BEST OPTION TO BUY. There are two ways that we can weaken it:-
1) By showing that SineEASE requires many more dosages than other drugs thus its low price is compensated because patient has to buy much more SineEASE.
2) By showing that even there is one more even cheaper drug than SineEASE.

Looking at the option, we see that we cannot falsify the conclusion by using dosage as a crtiteria because there is no mention in any option that SineEASE requires many dosage. The only way to weaken it now is by showing the existence of another equally effective but more cheaper drug. OPTION D is exactly doing it.
HENCE D is the correct answer.

A. Most of the over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache are equally effective per dose in providing such relief.
WRONG:- It says all one tablet of all drug will remove headache, so based on the second premise which says SineEASE is the cheapest per capsule actually makes this option a STRENGTHENER.

B. Many of the over-the-counter medications marketed for the relief of sinus headache contain the same active ingredient as SinEase does.
WRONG:- Says the same thing but this time in term of chemical composition of the drug rather than the dosage. This means all drug use same chemicals and among all these drugs SineEASE is the cheapest. THIS is again a STRENGTHENER.

C. People who suffer from frequent sinus headaches are strongly advised to consult a doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications.
WRONG :- Good advise but totally out of scope. Just ask yourself how is this weakening that SineEASE is the best option.

D. An over-the-counter medication that is marketed for the relief of symptoms of head cold is identical in composition to SinEase but costs less per dose.
CORRECT:- Well, kind of dicey because it talks about "HEAD COLD" and our argument is headache. But this is the one of the only two remaining option and this one talks about that this drug is even cheaper than SineEASE. So Keep it .. DONT DISCARD IT.

E. The per dose price for any given over-the-counter medication marketed for the relief of sinus headache is higher for smaller packages than it is for larger packages.
WRONG:- This is again irrelevant. All this tells us that all 100 mg tablet pack is relatively expensive than 200 mg tablet pack. Does not address our conclusion as to how SineEASE is the best buy

SO as you can see by process of elimination there is only one contender for correct answer ---- OPTION D
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