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A veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturer implemented a business strategy to encourage sales by creating a product that could be legally sold over the counter, without the need for a prescription from a veterinarian. The product was a collar for cats intended as a repellent against fleas that, through biting the host animal's epidermis, would die after ingesting some of its blood. Despite the advantage of not having to consult a veterinarian in order to buy one, the collar was not successful commercially.

Which of the following, if true, does the most to explain why the manufacturer's strategy failed to achieve its objective?

A. Although the collar was only to be worn externally, its chemical components, through constant contact with the animal's skin, would be absorbed into the bloodstream, not only killing newly-attached fleas, but also ceasing the reproductive cycle of already present fleas and eggs.

B. It has been proven that pet products with recommendations made by veterinarians printed on their packaging sell far more successfully than those that do not have such recommendations printed on their packaging.

C. The sales of flea collars and other repellents used to maintain pet health are greatly affected by the changes of season, usually very low during the winter and autumn months of the year, rising with the beginning of spring.

D. To be able to sell non-prescription products with active ingredients such as propuxer, the chemical used in anti-pest products, legislation requires that manufacturers limit the presence of the active ingredient.

E. Consultation with a professional veterinarian is always advisable when confronting an issue regarding an animal's health since even someone with a fair amount of medical knowledge may not be aware of illnesses or ailments associated with a specific animal.
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A. Although the collar was only to be worn externally, its chemical components, through constant contact with the animal's skin, would be absorbed into the bloodstream, not only killing newly-attached fleas, but also ceasing the reproductive cycle of already present fleas and eggs ---- This actually weakens the conclusion. If such is the case, it is more likely to be a success.

B. It has been proven that pet products with recommendations made by veterinarians printed on their packaging sell far more successfully than those that do not have such recommendations printed on their packaging ---- Recommendation from vet is not addressed in the argument. We're more concerned about what is prescribed and what's not.

C. The sales of flea collars and other repellents used to maintain pet health are greatly affected by the changes of season, usually very low during the winter and autumn months of the year, rising with the beginning of spring ---- This somewhat weakens the conclusion. Sales could increase in Spring and cover up of any previous loss

D. To be able to sell non-prescription products with active ingredients such as propuxer, the chemical used in anti-pest products, legislation requires that manufacturers limit the presence of the active ingredient ---- Reducing the presence of active ingredient could reduce its effectiveness, it won't be able to serve its intended purpose of repelling the flees. Convincing

E. Consultation with a professional veterinarian is always advisable when confronting an issue regarding an animal's health since even someone with a fair amount of medical knowledge may not be aware of illnesses or ailments associated with a specific animal ---- General truth but not entirely relevant in this case as the argument doesn't say anything about animal's health. It states that the flee dies after ingesting the blood of the host

Hence the answer is D

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A veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturer implemented a business strategy to encourage sales by creating a product that could be legally sold over the counter, without the need for a prescription from a veterinarian.
The product was a collar for cats intended as a repellent against fleas that would die after ingesting some of its blood.
Despite the advantage of not having to consult a veterinarian in order to buy one, the collar was not successful commercially.

Which of the following, if true, does the most to explain why the manufacturer's strategy failed to achieve its objective?

A. Although the collar was only to be worn externally, its chemical components, through constant contact with the animal's skin, would be absorbed into the bloodstream, not only killing newly-attached fleas, but also ceasing the reproductive cycle of already present fleas and eggs.
This explains why it is good to use and stresses the point of paradox of why it could not meet meet its success.

B. It has been proven that pet products with recommendations made by veterinarians printed on their packaging sell far more successfully than those that do not have such recommendations printed on their packaging.
This is general info but explains nothing about this product in particular.

C. The sales of flea collars and other repellents used to maintain pet health are greatly affected by the changes of season, usually very low during the winter and autumn months of the year, rising with the beginning of spring.
This exaggerates the paradox without addressing it as the sales should have risen in one or other season.

D. To be able to sell non-prescription products with active ingredients such as propuxer, the chemical used in anti-pest products, legislation requires that manufacturers limit the presence of the active ingredient.
since ingredient is limited in usage required amount may not be used and therefore desirable may not result from that and also much is not sold and hence not successful.

E. Consultation with a professional veterinarian is always advisable when confronting an issue regarding an animal's health since even someone with a fair amount of medical knowledge may not be aware of illnesses or ailments associated with a specific animal.
(This does not say anything why this product is not successful since what is advisable need not the only or best approach to follow.)

Did not read A and D properly and selected A. :cry:
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I think that this question can be interpreted in many ways ! and multiple answers are possible.

A- Although the collar was only to be worn externally, its chemical components, through constant contact with the animal's skin, would be absorbed into the bloodstream, not only killing newly-attached fleas, but also ceasing the reproductive cycle of already present fleas and eggs.

One can interpret from this statement that the collar has exterminated the existant and potential fleas by ceasing the reproductive cycle of already present fleas and eggs, thus the consumer would purchase more rarely the product than it was expected, because the effects of the product can last more longer .


if we take the example of the answer (D), in this case we need to assume that the presence of the active ingredient is correlated with the product's efficiency, such a thing is not universal.

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Can someone elaborate on how to pick D? my confusion is between B and D.
Both have new info not mentioned in the argument.
if you take D we need to assume too much and we dont know for sure if a minor amount of active ingredient is more than sufficient to serve its purpose we also don't know the amount permitted by legislation..in order for people to stop buying the product some must have used it and then decided not to buy it.
If the product was not commercially successfully then may be people were looking for some indication on the packaging that says it is recommended by vets.
Please point out the flaw in my reasoning ?i am not convinced why D is right.

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to encourage sales by creating a product that could be legally sold over the counter, without the need for a prescription from a veterinarian. The product was a collar for cats intended as a repellent against fleas that, through biting the host animal's epidermis, would die after ingesting some of its blood. Despite the advantage of not having to consult a veterinarian in order to buy one, the collar was not successful commercially.

How can 'D' be the right choice ?

D. To be able to sell non-prescription products with active ingredients such as propuxer, the chemical used in anti-pest products, legislation requires that manufacturers limit the presence of the active ingredient.

It says the legislation "limits the presence ......" , but as per the argument , the product has already come to market with full approval("legally sold ...") and the intended purpose (of killing the fleas) is met.Just that ,there is some other reason for not being commercially successful.

'E' sounds fine.

Experts please help.

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Questionable question.
What was the "aim"?
Commercial success!
So why the double inference for D to make sense?
Such double inference also makes sense in one or two options.
Did D explain the failure to make good sales?
You had to draw another inference from it which if u did elsewhere will yield similar suggestion.

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How can we tell that limiting the substance will make the collars ineffective? Maybe the mandated reduction leaves the potency of the chemical intact, otherwise the pharmaceutical companies wouldn't have any incentive to bring the flea-collars onto the market. There's way too much to assume here. Not a great question in my opinion.

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Many closely competing choices, unsure how one clearly wins over the others

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A good understanding of that argument shows that D is the clear winner.
the active ingredient was reduced.
mark the words THE, ACTIVE. and REDUCED.
It simply says. THE product's products efficiency was reduced.
In another way, "The product didn't work as planned because it was lacking in what will make it work.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS ARE DEFINED AS THE INGREDIENT THAT DO THE WORK OF KILLING THE PEST.
"The" active not "an" active ingredient was reduced.
It's very clear.
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B. It has been proven that pet products with recommendations made by veterinarians printed on their packaging sell far more successfully than those that do not have such recommendations printed on their packaging ---- Recommendation from vet is not addressed in the argument. We're more concerned about what is prescribed and what's not.


D. To be able to sell non-prescription products with active ingredients such as propuxer, the chemical used in anti-pest products, legislation requires that manufacturers limit the presence of the active ingredient ---- Reducing the presence of active ingredient could reduce its effectiveness, it won't be able to serve its intended purpose of repelling the flees. Convincing

Hence the answer is D


hmm your logic for eliminating B is that the answer isn't specifically about the product mentioned in the product. Answer choice d also isn't specifically addressed in the prompt, thus D should be invalid in your mind too.

Furthermore with answer choice d, if he was able to sell the product then it implies that it was already compliant with this rule so the product can't simultaneously compliant with the chemical rule, and be effective and not be valid to sell. Since the product was already legal to sell, then it was already compliant and he still said that the product was effective. Thus answer choice d is irrelevant.

Answer choice B does explain why the product didn't sell as well. Customers prefer to buy vet approved products and vets didn't approve of his product. Thus, I struggle to see how answer choice D is correct. Experts please help.

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