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It is illegal to advertise prescription medications in Hedland except directly to physicians, either by mail or in medical journals. A proposed law would allow general advertising of prescription medications. Opponents object that the general population lacks the specialized knowledge to evaluate such advertisements and might ask their physicians for inappropriate medications. But since physicians have the final say as to whether to prescribe a medication for a patient, inappropriate prescriptions would not become more common.

Which of the following would it be most useful to establish in order to evaluate the argument?

A. Wheter advertising for prescription medications might alert patients to the existence of effective treatments for minor ailments that they had previously thought to be untreatable

B. Whether some people might go to a physcian for no reason other than ask for a particular medication they have seen advertised

C. Whether the proposed law requires prescription-medication advertisements directed to the general public to provide the same information as do advertisements directed to physicians.

D. Whether advertisements for prescription medications are currently an important source of information about newly available medications for physicians

E. Whether physicians would give in to a patient's demands for a prescription medication chosen by the patient when the one originally prescribed by the physician fails to perform as desired.
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09 Sep 2007, 01:48
I say E.
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09 Sep 2007, 11:03
excelgmat wrote:
I say E.

E seems to be a bit out of scope but it's the only answer that makes sense (to me)

OA?
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09 Sep 2007, 12:03
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It is illegal to advertise prescription medications in Hedland except directly to physicians, either by mail or in medical journals. A proposed law would allow general advertising of prescription medications. Opponents object that the general population lacks the specialized knowledge to evaluate such advertisements and might ask their physicians for inappropriate medications. But since physicians have the final say as to whether to prescribe a medication for a patient, inappropriate prescriptions would not become more common.

Which of the following would it be most useful to establish in order to evaluate the argument?

A. Wheter advertising for prescription medications might alert patients to the existence of effective treatments for minor ailments that they had previously thought to be untreatable

B. Whether some people might go to a physcian for no reason other than ask for a particular medication they have seen advertised

C. Whether the proposed law requires prescription-medication advertisements directed to the general public to provide the same information as do advertisements directed to physicians.

D. Whether advertisements for prescription medications are currently an important source of information about newly available medications for physicians

E. Whether physicians would give in to a patient's demands for a prescription medication chosen by the patient when the one originally prescribed by the physician fails to perform as desired.

E for me.
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09 Sep 2007, 12:05
I think it's E!!!
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09 Sep 2007, 12:19
OA is E. I said D b/c E seemed outta scope.
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29 Aug 2010, 11:04
E by POE, but Im not fully convinced.
Could anybody elaborate?
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29 Aug 2010, 18:11
are you sure OA is E?

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29 Aug 2010, 19:42
Why is it E... What is wrong with B? I don't get these CR... I mean B says that people might show up at doc for no reason, but E at lease says the prior med failed!

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01 Sep 2010, 10:17
All others except E are out of scope.
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03 Sep 2010, 05:51
E looks good for me
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03 Sep 2010, 09:05
by POE I go for E
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19 Jan 2011, 00:58
I do get that E is the one that fits more closely. However, one must realize that E does talk about Physicians giving in to the demands of the patient ONLY after their first choice of medication failed and not genearelly.
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Conclusion of the argument: inappropriate prescriptions would not become more common.
Main premise: But since physicians have the final say as to whether to prescribe a medication for a patient

For Evaluate the argument question, we should look for the answer choice with a question that:
- If we answer Yes to that question, the conclusion will be more/less likely to be true.
- If we answer No to that question, the conclusion will be less/more likely to be true.
Use this method to check the option E.

"Whether physicians would give in to a patient's demands for a prescription medication chosen by the patient when the one originally prescribed by the physician fails to perform as desired."
E contains a question: "Would physicians give in....?"
- If yes : the physicians give in --> the conclusion will be less likely to be true/ be weakened a little bit.
- If no: the physicians would not give in --> the conclusion will be more likely to be true/ be strengthened a little bit.
The validity of the conclusion changes when we get different answers to the question --> That is the question we need to evaluate the argument. --> E is the answer.
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20 Jan 2011, 02:47
E for me
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20 Jan 2011, 06:56
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Conclusion of the argument: inappropriate prescriptions would not become more common.
Main premise: But since physicians have the final say as to whether to prescribe a medication for a patient

For Evaluate the argument question, we should look for the answer choice with a question that:
- If we answer Yes to that question, the conclusion will be more/less likely to be true.
- If we answer No to that question, the conclusion will be less/more likely to be true.
Use this method to check the option E.

"Whether physicians would give in to a patient's demands for a prescription medication chosen by the patient when the one originally prescribed by the physician fails to perform as desired."
E contains a question: "Would physicians give in....?"
- If yes : the physicians give in --> the conclusion will be less likely to be true/ be weakened a little bit.
- If no: the physicians would not give in --> the conclusion will be more likely to be true/ be strengthened a little bit.
The validity of the conclusion changes when we get different answers to the question --> That is the question we need to evaluate the argument. --> E is the answer.

I do get that , however note "when the one originally prescribed by the physician fails to perform as desired"
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21 Jan 2011, 07:18
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16 Jun 2011, 04:44
I think the answer is C

Conclusion :Because of the advertising general people might go the physician and end up asking for inappropriate medicine

If, the physician and the public both end up with different information about the medicines, there is good chance that public might end up with inappropriate medicine

What do you guys think?
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16 Jun 2011, 18:56
clear E here,if physicians bend for the demands then the purpose will loose out.
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20 Jun 2011, 12:22
E for me too. According to the stem, the only way the advertized medicine can be used is by physicians' prescription. Only E gives a scenario when that possibility could occur.
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