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The traditional treatment of strep infections has been a seven-day course of antibiotics, either penicillin or erythromycin. However, since many patients stop taking those drugs within three days, reinfection is common in cases where those drugs are prescribed. A new antibiotic requires only a three-day course of treatment. Therefore, reinfection will probably be less common in cases where the new antibiotic is prescribed than in cases where either penicillin or erythromycin is prescribed.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

A. Some of the people who are allergic to penicillin are likely to be allergic to the new antibiotic.

B. A course of treatment with the new antibiotic costs about the same as a course of treatment with either penicillin or erythromycin.

C. The new antibiotic has been shown to be effective in eradicating bacterial infections other than strep.

D. Some physicians have already begun to prescribe the new antibiotic instead of penicillin or erythromycin for the treatment of some strep infections.

E. Regardless of whether they take a traditional antibiotic or the new one, most patients feel fully recovered after taking the drug for three days.


Imo E

If the patients feel fully recovered in three days then they will stop taking medications .
They new antibody requires only 3 days to cure the disease so the plan will work as people will take medication for 3 days and there will be no reinfection
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@GMATNinja : Can you explain why E is correct?

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The traditional treatment of strep infections has been a seven-day course of antibiotics, either penicillin or erythromycin. However, since many patients stop taking those drugs within three days, reinfection is common in cases where those drugs are prescribed. A new antibiotic requires only a three-day course of treatment. Therefore, reinfection will probably be less common in cases where the new antibiotic is prescribed than in cases where either penicillin or erythromycin is prescribed.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

A. Some of the people who are allergic to penicillin are likely to be allergic to the new antibiotic.

B. A course of treatment with the new antibiotic costs about the same as a course of treatment with either penicillin or erythromycin.

C. The new antibiotic has been shown to be effective in eradicating bacterial infections other than strep.

D. Some physicians have already begun to prescribe the new antibiotic instead of penicillin or erythromycin for the treatment of some strep infections.

E. Regardless of whether they take a traditional antibiotic or the new one, most patients feel fully recovered after taking the drug for three days.

In the case of traditional antibiotic, the reinfection occurs if the drug is stopped before the prescribed period. If E is true, people will stop taking the new drug only after 3 days which is the prescribed period for the new drug. So the chances of reinfection are low.
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The traditional treatment of strep infections has been a seven-day course of antibiotics, either penicillin or erythromycin. However, since many patients stop taking those drugs within three days, reinfection is common in cases where those drugs are prescribed. A new antibiotic requires only a three-day course of treatment. Therefore, reinfection will probably be less common in cases where the new antibiotic is prescribed than in cases where either penicillin or erythromycin is prescribed.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

A. Some of the people who are allergic to penicillin are likely to be allergic to the new antibiotic.

B. A course of treatment with the new antibiotic costs about the same as a course of treatment with either penicillin or erythromycin.

C. The new antibiotic has been shown to be effective in eradicating bacterial infections other than strep
D. Some physicians have already begun to prescribe the new antibiotic instead of penicillin or erythromycin for the treatment of some strep infections.

E. Regardless of whether they take a traditional antibiotic or the new one, most patients feel fully recovered after taking the drug for three days.


In the case of traditional antibiotic, the reinfection occurs if the drug is stopped before the prescribed period. If E is true, people will stop taking the new drug only after 3 days which is the prescribed period for the new drug. So the chances of reinfection are low.
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C is not correct because the argument is about strep infection.
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Missing stem of question on the heading..could it be fixed...
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The traditional treatment of strep infections has been a seven-day course of antibiotics, either penicillin or erythromycin. However, since many patients stop taking those drugs within three days, reinfection is common in cases where those drugs are prescribed. A new antibiotic requires only a three-day course of treatment. Therefore, reinfection will probably be less common in cases where the new antibiotic is prescribed than in cases where either penicillin or erythromycin is prescribed.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

A. Some of the people who are allergic to penicillin are likely to be allergic to the new antibiotic.

B. A course of treatment with the new antibiotic costs about the same as a course of treatment with either penicillin or erythromycin.

C. The new antibiotic has been shown to be effective in eradicating bacterial infections other than strep.

D. Some physicians have already begun to prescribe the new antibiotic instead of penicillin or erythromycin for the treatment of some strep infections.

E. Regardless of whether they take a traditional antibiotic or the new one, most patients feel fully recovered after taking the drug for three days.


I think its E, because if the new drug is able to cure the disease in less than 3days, the same problem of discontinuing the drug before the prescribed date is very likely.

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Firstly, let us think of a possible weakener and then move to this strenghten option.

Weakener -> Most patients using the old medicine feel fully recovered after 3 days , whereas the patients using the new medicine feel recovered within 2days.

So we may say that the patients discontinued the old medicine in 3days since they felt fully recovered. As a result of this discontinuation, they suffered reinfection. Now in the case of this case, the patients may discontinue the medicine in 2 days and therefore may contract the infection again, hence weakening the argument.

The strengthen option E negates the above possibilty and assures that the new medicine gives the signs of recovery in a duration no shorter than the duration for cure and hence strengthens the argument by stating that the patients may not discontinue the medicine before 3 days and hence do not suffer reinfection

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