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It is illegal to advertise prescription medications in [#permalink]
08 Sep 2009, 12:16
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It is illegal to advertise prescription medications in Hedland except in professional medical journals or by mail directly to physicians. A proposed law would allow general advertising of prescription medications. Opponents object that, in general, laypersons lack 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, the objection provides no grounds for concern. Which of the following would it be most useful to establish in order to evaluate the argument? A. Whether nonprescription medications can interact with and block the action of any prescription medications that could be advertised to the general public B. Whether most prescription medication advertisements directed at the general public would be advertisements for recently developed medications newly available by prescription C. Whether prescription medication advertisements directed at the general public would appear on television and radio as well as in print D. Whether physicians are more likely to pay attention to advertising directed to the general public than to advertising directed to physicians E. Whether physicians are likely to succumb to pressure from patients to prescribe inappropriate medications
Answer to E will give us an idea if the physicians are likely to succumb to the pressure from patients to prescribe the wrong medication, and let us evaluate whether the objection from opponents is legitimate.
I tried applying Variance test and here is what I found for E.
E. Whether physicians are likely to succumb to pressure from patients to prescribe inappropriate medications - Possible ans for this question can be Yes(which means Physicians yield to the pressure from patients and prescirbe what patients would like to have) and NO (which means Physicians DO NOT consider what patients would like to be prescribed. It is solely based on their decision)
If the ans to question is Yes, then the conclusion is weakened because there are chances that the patients are given wrong medication.
If the ans to question is No, then the conclusion is strengthed because - knowledge of prescription for a layman is not impacting the physician's decision of prescriptions.
Last edited by mrsmarthi on 08 Sep 2009, 13:58, edited 1 time in total.