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# An antidote for chicken pox has been developed

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An antidote for chicken pox has been developed, but researchers warn that its widespread use could be dangerous, despite the fact that this drug has no serious side effects and is currently very effective at limiting the duration and severity of chicken pox.

Which one of the following, if true, helps most to reconcile the apparent discrepancy indicated above?

(A) The drug is extremely expensive and would be difficult to make widely available.
(B) The drug has to be administered several times a day, so patient compliance is likely to be low.
(C) The drug does not prevent the spread of chicken pox from one person to another, even when the drug eventually cures the disease in the first person.
(D) When misused by taking larger-than prescribed doses, the drug can be fatal.
(E) Use of the drug contributes to the development of deadlier forms of chicken pox that are resistant to the drug.

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Originally posted by Akela on 01 Jul 2017, 05:36.
Last edited by abhimahna on 02 Jul 2017, 10:27, edited 1 time in total.
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01 Jul 2017, 07:49
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We have to strengthen 'widespread use of drug is dangerous'

So we can definitely eliminate 1 and 2
3 -> says does not prevent transfer does not mean it is dangerous
4-> there is a condition only when misused... so this option does not strengthen
5 -> perfect ! .clearly supports it is dangerous

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01 Jul 2017, 07:53
E seems to reconcile the discrepancy the best...

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01 Jul 2017, 08:26
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Type of question: Resolve the Paradox

Look for: most appropriate choice that would strengthen the argument and would resolve why despite the counter-premise (this drug has no
serious side effects and is currently very effective at
limiting the duration and severity of chicken pox) the conclusion(researchers warn that its widespread use could be
dangerous) is right!

Probable correct answer: one which attacks the counter premise that there is no serious side effects and is currently effective like
--side effects appear after a long time
--limits the duration but may appear in a certain time afterwards
--drug-resistant strains are formed

Scanning through answers and using process of ellimination-

(A) The drug is extremely expensive and would be
difficult to make widely available.------------incorrect--------doesnt attack the counter premise
(B) The drug has to be administered several times
a day, so patient compliance is likely to be
low.--------------incorrect----------talks about the patients compliance whereas we are concerned about whether it is useful or not
(C) The drug does not prevent the spread of
chicken pox from one person to another, even
when the drug eventually cures the disease in
the first person.---------------incorrect----------doesnt attack the counter premise
(D) When misused by taking larger-thanprescribed
doses, the drug can be fatal.---------------incorrect---------some scope answers...may or may not be true...not enough to prove conclusion
(E) Use of the drug contributes to the
development of deadlier forms of chicken pox
that are resistant to the drug.-----------correct----------matches our prediction..attacks the counter premise properly and suggests why the researchers are right

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08 Jul 2017, 04:13
Imo E Use of the drug contributes to the development of deadlier forms of chicken pox that are resistant to the drug.
It is the option that reconciles the paradox and why the researcher were concerned about the drug.
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08 Jul 2017, 04:57
Isnt E saying that the drug has a side effect of developing a deadlier forms of chicken pox . This actually goes against what is given the argument . Can somebody throw some light on this . Thank you !
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16 Jul 2017, 04:45
if test takers overlooks the first sentence, B still makes sense to both the main premise ad the main conclusion => B is eliminated because of "widespread use is dangerous"

between D and E, not so many users wil die because of overdoses, and also, overdose does not mean widespread usage is dangerous.
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