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02 Nov 2012, 16:22
this is the best example for those who have gone through powerscore cr Scope section.

If an argument discusses of a new technique, than any answer that explains federal and monetary policy is out of scope whereas the correct answer will be applicable to surgery and medicine.

Definitely B is out of scope.
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02 Nov 2012, 17:39
Pls correct if i am wrong and raise question if you have any on the below explanation.

First of all key points in the argument.
1. Many people discontinue the course after 3 days
Assumption:- May be they get cured
2. Re Infection chances in those individuals.
Assumption:- To avoid re infection take the complete course. In nutshell dont discontinue.
3. New drug is a 3 day course, it provides cure in 3 days. Hence Patients using it will have lesser chance of re infection.
Assumption:- Patients will adhere to their 3 days habit and complete the course.
Completion of course is important for re infection not to occur.

B and E are contenders thats for sure....B is ruled out as discussed in the preceding post.

E is the best option and also E affirms that Older treatment of 7 day course gives remedy from the disease in 3 days. Thereby strengthening the fact that it is non adherence to the course that it causes the re infection. Hence 3 day course will not cause re infection as people are used to 3 day pattern and it also cures the disease. Hence the people sticking to course of 3 day will prevent the reinfection

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29 Oct 2013, 06:18
[quote="avdxz"]IMO: E

Main issue is: People seem to stop taking the antibotics after 3 days. So a drug has to be effective in 3 days.

A. Some of the people who are allergic to penicillin are likely to be allergic to the
new antibiotic.
>> Out of scope. Eliminate.

B. A course of treatment with the new antibiotic costs about the same as a course of
treatment with either penicillin or erythromycin.
>> Irrelevant. Does not explain why people stop taking antibiotics after 3 days. Eliminate. (Note that if you were using the 2 of 5 rule, this would be one of the 2 remaining options)

C. The new antibiotic has been shown to be effective in eradicating bacterial
infections other than strep.
>> Out of scope. Eliminate.

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

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.
>> Correct choice because it does not weakening nor irrelevant.
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27 Dec 2013, 18:21
spriya wrote:
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.

Actually E is the answer right of the bat by POE
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29 Mar 2014, 22:20
Why E ?

The option says "Regardless of whether they take a traditional antibiotic or the new one, most patients feel fully recovered after taking the drug for three days. " They just feel they have recovered but may not have actually recovered after the course of medicines.

IMO, B.
For me it was between B and D. D was not strengthening as much as B.
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17 Apr 2014, 09:02
jlgdr wrote:
spriya wrote:
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.

Actually E is the answer right of the bat by POE

Experts plz help me with this one.

Conclusion says: reinfection will probably be less common in cases where the new antibiotic is prescribed than in cases where either penicillin or erythromycin is prescribed

But E says Regardless whether its Traditional or New one, most patient fully recovered after taking the drugs for three days. . it means what is the use of New drug. . the old drug can do the same work in three days with out reinfection. So it does not give any extra point to believe in Conclusion.

but first three A,B & C Weakens the argument and D has no effect in this. I opted D . I found E) to distort the entire argument.

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02 Jun 2014, 08:36
HI,

My Doubt here is that , if you observe the conclusion very closely ,it predict that the Reinfection cases be less as compared to the previous tradition antibiotics case.As the all the other options except E are easily eliminated,Still Option E just says that Regardless of traditional or New one. People starts feeling better .Does that means that reinfection won't occur.Just saying Feeling better assured us that reinfection won't occur.

Thats my Doubt .

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16 May 2016, 01:57
arjtryarjtry wrote:
if there is no cost advantage, why will anybody change?
i think E.
cos people will stop taking antibiotics after 3 days.
the conclusion is
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.

so bcos people will stop taking after 3 days, reinfection will be less common amongst the group who take the latter and not pencillin

The conclusion says chances of reinfection are less if new anitibiotic is taken.
But E says that a person might take any medicine to be cured.
How is this strengthening the conclusion?
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22 Jun 2016, 13:01
Good one
The distinction in the question is about being CURED Vs. about FEELING BETTER

People "FEEL" better after three days hence they stop taking penicillin and Erythromycin (but they have not fully CURED. Remember peniillin and ertyomicin takes 7 days).

People when taking new antibiotic will again feel better after 3 days . The real difference is that they will actually be cured because new antibiotic works only in 3 days effectively curing the patient and also removing any chance of reinfection
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