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Some public health advocates have become concerned that directly advertising prescription drugs to consumers is likely to cause some patients to pursue certain medications that may be inappropriate for their individual health situation. However, marketing to consumers should not be limited as long as physicians also continue to be educated about such medications, because a physician's prescription is still required in order for patients to obtain these drugs.

Which of the following facts would most directly address the concern articulated by the public health advocates?

(A) After a certain number of years, prescription drugs lose patent protection and other companies can then manufacture and market generic forms of the drugs.

(B) Consumers can now find technical drug information on the Internet, information that previously would have been available only to physicians.

(C) Physicians are also exposed to prescription drug advertisements that are directed toward consumers.

(D) Physicians are not susceptible to pressure from patients in determining appropriate courses of treatment.

(E) Fewer than 15% of patients are likely to remember and ask by name for specific drugs that they see advertised in magazines or on television.
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Some public health advocates have become concerned that directly advertising prescription drugs to consumers is likely to cause some patients to pursue certain medications that may be inappropriate for their individual health situation. However, marketing to consumers should not be limited as long as physicians also continue to be educated about such medications, because a physician's prescription is still required in order for patients to obtain these drugs.

Which of the following facts would most directly address the concern articulated by the public health advocates?

A) After a certain number of years, prescription drugs lose patent protection and other companies can then manufacture and market generic forms of the drugs.
B) Consumers can now find technical drug information on the Internet, information that previously would have been available only to physicians.
C) Physicians are also exposed to prescription drug advertisements that are directed toward consumers.
D) Physicians are not susceptible to pressure from patients in determining appropriate courses of treatment.
E) Fewer than 15% of patients are likely to remember and ask by name for specific drugs that they see advertised in magazines or on television.

Structure of Argument: This is one of the typical ways in which GMAT provides the stimulus of CR. They start with One point of view, view of public health advocates in this question, and then go on to refute that view as the final conclusion of the argument. Therefore, the Conclusion of the argument is - marketing to consumers should not be limited as long as physicians also continue to be educated about such medications.

Type of Question: Yes, it is difficult to categorize this question. Is it a Strengthen question or is it a Weaken question?
Looking closely, the question asks for both. They want us to address the concern articulated by the public health advocates, which means we have to allay their concerns thereby, strengthen the argument's main conclusion. Hence in the traditional sense, this is a Strengthen Question.

Solution:
A) After a certain number of years, prescription drugs lose patent protection and other companies can then manufacture and market generic forms of the drugs.
Out of Scope.

B) Consumers can now find technical drug information on the Internet, information that previously would have been available only to physicians.
Does not really allays the concerns of public health advocates (PHA) . It would actually prompt them to start protesting against the availability of information online as well.

C) Physicians are also exposed to prescription drug advertisements that are directed toward consumers.
We are now questioning the professional competencies of Physicians here not to mention that this is a reverse answer.

D) Physicians are not susceptible to pressure from patients in determining appropriate courses of treatment.
Says that Physicians won't be pressurized even if patients know certain things about their own ailment. - Correct

E) Fewer than 15% of patients are likely to remember and ask by name for specific drugs that they see advertised in magazines or on television.
Does not allay the concern of PHA. Even if 1% patients remember and ask for a specific drug, main conclusion of argument fails.
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well at first idid not raly understand the question until i saw it's strengthen:
i thinh that:
Physicians are not susceptible to pressure from patients in determining appropriate courses of treatment.

concern=advertising affect consumers to take wrong medicine.
solution to the concern= physicians will judge giving medicine objectively.
if the answer choice is true then consumers do not affect physicians regarding treatment (medicine) so physicians will judge giving medicine objectively. so it's the same as the solution.

so the answer is something like Public Health should not have any concern, since physicians act professionaly and it will deny/decrease the risk of misuse of medicnes. or shortly DO NOT BE CONCERNED TRUST THE PHYSICIAN.
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Situation: Advertising prescription drugs to consumers might influence patients to want certain drugs, even if it's not the right drug for their condition.

Concern: patients might be taking drugs that are not the right drug for their condition.

Thing to note: to get a hold of the drug, the physician needs to fill our a prescription.

Chain of Causation: advertising to consumers leads to inappropriate drug use ONLY if it causes physicians to fill out inappropriate prescriptions.

D assures us that advertising to consumers does NOT cause physicians to fill out inappropriate prescriptions, because physicians don't care what the consumer asks of them.

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Some public health advocates have become concerned that directly advertising prescription drugs to consumers is likely to cause some patients to pursue certain medications that may be inappropriate for their individual health situation. However, marketing to consumers should not be limited as long as physicians also continue to be educated about such medications, because a physician's prescription is still required in order for patients to obtain these drugs.

Which of the following facts would most directly address the concern articulated by the public health advocates?

A) After a certain number of years, prescription drugs lose patent protection and other companies can then manufacture and market generic forms of the drugs.
B) Consumers can now find technical drug information on the Internet, information that previously would have been available only to physicians.
C) Physicians are also exposed to prescription drug advertisements that are directed toward consumers.
D) Physicians are not susceptible to pressure from patients in determining appropriate courses of treatment.
E) Fewer than 15% of patients are likely to remember and ask by name for specific drugs that they see advertised in magazines or on television.
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22 Mar 2014, 08:42
Concern: Direct marketing to consumer may be inappropriate for their individual health situation since marketing may cause some patients to pursue certain medications that they would find suitable to their heath.

A) After a certain number of years, prescription drugs lose patent protection and other companies can then manufacture and market generic forms of the drugs.
Incorrect: Out of scope as nothing is discussed about type of drugs

B) Consumers can now find technical drug information on the Internet, information that previously would have been available only to physicians.
Incorrect. This will increase the concern instead of reducing.

C) Physicians are also exposed to prescription drug advertisements that are directed toward consumers.
Incorrect. As this simply restates the premise.

D) Physicians are not susceptible to pressure from patients in determining appropriate courses of treatment.
Correct: The argument also states that "physician's prescription is still required in order for patients to obtain these drugs" This premise, to some extent, addresses the concern and option D also adds to this. If there is effect of pressure from patient, then physician will continue to prescribe the appropriate drugs.

E) Fewer than 15% of patients are likely to remember and ask by name for specific drugs that they see advertised in magazines or on television.
Incorrect: This option is least likely address the concern as it is finally on physician to prescribe the drugs.
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Concern: Direct marketing to consumer may be inappropriate for their individual health situation since marketing may cause some patients to pursue certain medications that they would find suitable to their heath.

A) After a certain number of years, prescription drugs lose patent protection and other companies can then manufacture and market generic forms of the drugs.
Incorrect: Out of scope as nothing is discussed about type of drugs

B) Consumers can now find technical drug information on the Internet, information that previously would have been available only to physicians.
Incorrect. This will increase the concern instead of reducing.

C) Physicians are also exposed to prescription drug advertisements that are directed toward consumers.
Incorrect. As this simply restates the premise.

D) Physicians are not susceptible to pressure from patients in determining appropriate courses of treatment.
Correct: The argument also states that "physician's prescription is still required in order for patients to obtain these drugs" This premise, to some extent, addresses the concern and option D also adds to this. If there is effect of pressure from patient, then physician will continue to prescribe the appropriate drugs.

E) Fewer than 15% of patients are likely to remember and ask by name for specific drugs that they see advertised in magazines or on television.
Incorrect: This option is least likely address the concern as it is finally on physician to prescribe the drugs.

Hi,
Could you please explain the question stem?
Isn't the question asking for an option that would address the concerns of the public health advocates, i.e. that would tell us or throw some more light on the concerns of the public health advocates.
If that is the case, then option (d) is actually telling the opposite. If there is no pressure from the patients, then the physician will prescribe anything he feels right. Thus, even after advertising, the patients wont be able to buy any product if that is not prescribed by the physician.
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Concern: Direct marketing to consumer may be inappropriate for their individual health situation since marketing may cause some patients to pursue certain medications that they would find suitable to their heath.

D) Physicians are not susceptible to pressure from patients in determining appropriate courses of treatment.
Correct: The argument also states that "physician's prescription is still required in order for patients to obtain these drugs" This premise, to some extent, addresses the concern and option D also adds to this. If there is effect of pressure from patient, then physician will continue to prescribe the appropriate drugs.

Do you mean by even if there is no effect of pressure from the patient, physician will still continue to prescribe the appropriate drugs?
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Concern: Direct marketing to consumer may be inappropriate for their individual health situation since marketing may cause some patients to pursue certain medications that they would find suitable to their heath.

A) After a certain number of years, prescription drugs lose patent protection and other companies can then manufacture and market generic forms of the drugs.
Incorrect: Out of scope as nothing is discussed about type of drugs

B) Consumers can now find technical drug information on the Internet, information that previously would have been available only to physicians.
Incorrect. This will increase the concern instead of reducing.

C) Physicians are also exposed to prescription drug advertisements that are directed toward consumers.
Incorrect. As this simply restates the premise.

D) Physicians are not susceptible to pressure from patients in determining appropriate courses of treatment.
Correct: The argument also states that "physician's prescription is still required in order for patients to obtain these drugs" This premise, to some extent, addresses the concern and option D also adds to this. If there is effect of pressure from patient, then physician will continue to prescribe the appropriate drugs.

E) Fewer than 15% of patients are likely to remember and ask by name for specific drugs that they see advertised in magazines or on television.
Incorrect: This option is least likely address the concern as it is finally on physician to prescribe the drugs.

This is confusing. The concern of the advocates is that patients might do self medication and thus take inappropriate drugs. Won't B ensure that patients are aware of the risks and the shortcomings of the drugs and thus refrain from self experimentation ?
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The public health advocates are concerned that patients are exposed to advertisements about prescription drugs, and may pursue these drugs even though the drugs may not be clinically appropriate. It is argued that, because physicians must prescribe the drugs in question, patient pursuit of these prescription drugs is irrelevant. However, patients who pursue and request particular prescription drugs may be able to encourage or induce a physician to prescribe drugs that he or she might not have prescribed otherwise.in the absence of such encouragement.
There maybe some confusion b/w C & D, but C can be rejected because it does not address the public health advocates' concerns.
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Some public health advocates have become concerned that directly advertising prescription drugs to consumers is likely to cause some patients to pursue certain medications that may be inappropriate for their individual health situation. However, marketing to consumers should not be limited as long as physicians also continue to be educated about such medications, because a physician's prescription is still required in order for patients to obtain these drugs.

Which of the following facts would most directly address the concern articulated by the public health advocates?
-Conclusion: Marketing to consumers need not be limited if physicians continue to be educated about the medications. Premise: The medication can't be obtained without a physician's prescription. The question is essentially asking for something that would strengthen this argument.
A) After a certain number of years, prescription drugs lose patent protection and other companies can then manufacture and market generic forms of the drugs. *Patent protection and production of generic drugs are out of scope.
B) Consumers can now find technical drug information on the Internet, information that previously would have been available only to physicians.*Even if patients can access more information, they would still need a prescription.
C) Physicians are also exposed to prescription drug advertisements that are directed toward consumers. *Exposure to the advertisements doesn't mean they are influenced enough to prescribe the drugs.
D) Physicians are not susceptible to pressure from patients in determining appropriate courses of treatment. *Patients misinformed by advertisements cannot access the drugs by influencing their physicians (the ultimate authority on the prescription).
E) Fewer than 15% of patients are likely to remember and ask by name for specific drugs that they see advertised in magazines or on television.*A physician's approval is still required for the few that actually remember to ask for specific drugs by name.
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I dont understand how is D the answer ;

If there is no pressure from the patients on the doc then he cant prescribe them any sort of harmful drug ;

If there was pressure then the answer could be this ;

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Some public health advocates have become concerned that directly advertising prescription drugs to consumers is likely to cause some patients to pursue certain medications that may be inappropriate for their individual health situation. However, marketing to consumers should not be limited as long as physicians also continue to be educated about such medications, because a physician's prescription is still required in order for patients to obtain these drugs.

Which of the following facts would most directly address the concern articulated by the public health advocates?
After a certain number of years, prescription drugs lose patent protection and other companies can then manufacture and market generic forms of the drugs.
Consumers can now find technical drug information on the Internet, information that previously would have been available only to physicians.
Physicians are also exposed to prescription drug advertisements that are directed toward consumers.
Physicians are not susceptible to pressure from patients in determining appropriate courses of treatment.
Fewer than 15% of patients are likely to remember and ask by name for specific drugs that they see advertised in magazines or on television.

Can someone tell me how did you knock C out?
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The questions has a high possibility to be misjudged. The concern of advocates is advertising may cause consumers to get inappropriate drugs.
But doctors are educated enough not to do so and prescriptions are still required (This is NOT their concern, but it is sth which can assure the advocates that what they are CONCERNED about will not happen).

If the question would ask for a weakening statement regarding the advocates' concern then D would be the answer.
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I dont understand how is D the answer ;

If there is no pressure from the patients on the doc then he cant prescribe them any sort of harmful drug ;

If there was pressure then the answer could be this ;

The concern: Since patients are directly prescribed the drugs, they might be influenced by the marketing and go for wrong drugs on their own.
Addressing the concern: The patients still cannot buy whatever drugs they want, as the drugs re still being prescribed by the doctors who ARE NOT INFLUENCED BY THE PATIENTS.

This is what the Option D says.

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Some public health advocates have become concerned that directly advertising prescription drugs to consumers is likely to cause some patients to pursue certain medications that may be inappropriate for their individual health situation. However, marketing to consumers should not be limited as long as physicians also continue to be educated about such medications, because a physician's prescription is still required in order for patients to obtain these drugs.

Which of the following facts would most directly address the concern articulated by the public health advocates?
After a certain number of years, prescription drugs lose patent protection and other companies can then manufacture and market generic forms of the drugs.
Consumers can now find technical drug information on the Internet, information that previously would have been available only to physicians.
Physicians are also exposed to prescription drug advertisements that are directed toward consumers.
Physicians are not susceptible to pressure from patients in determining appropriate courses of treatment.
Fewer than 15% of patients are likely to remember and ask by name for specific drugs that they see advertised in magazines or on television.

Can someone tell me how did you knock C out?

the argument says in the end that patients cant buy these drugs without physician prescription...so no matter how much information a patient can get from internet, he or she cant buy..so C wrong
its only if patient do not pressurize physician to prescribed him/her advertised drug
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If Physicians ARE susceptible to pressure from patients in determining appropriate courses of treatment then advertising the medication is in accordance to what the public health advocates say. So we need to negate this possibility by saying "physicians ARE NOT" susceptible to pressure from patients. So D is correct.

C is incorrect because what it says is already stated in argument as "as long as physicians also continue to be educated about such medications".

A similar question where an attractive answer choice is wrong for this reason only. the tough part is to figure out that what is stated in wrong choice is present in the argument. Here it is.
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I think it's more confused in the question stem than in the answer choice
"Which of the following facts would most directly address the concern articulated by the public health advocates?"

I thought it's tell me to strengthen the public health advocates
that.. "concerned that directly advertising prescription drugs to consumers is likely to cause some patients to pursue certain medications that may be inappropriate for their individual health situation."
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