GMAT Practice Question Set #20 (Question 58-60)

Critical Reasoning Question #58: Importing Prescription Medications  
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In most circumstances, it is illegal to import prescription medications from Canada into the United States for personal use. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) cites safety reasons for the existing law. A proposed law would allow Americans to buy their medicines from other developed countries if the drugs are safe and prices are lower outside the US. Opponents object that, in general, laypersons lack the specialized knowledge to evaluate medications purchased from unverified sources. But since the government has the final say as to whether an outside drug producer is safe or not, 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 most prescription medication imported to the US consumer would be imports for recently developed medications newly available by prescription

(B)

Whether the government is likely to succumb to pressure from consumers to approve unqualified and unsafe outside drug producers.

(C)

Whether prescription medication imported to the US consumer would be ordered through online websites as well as through pharmacy drug distributors.

(D)

Whether the government is more likely to pay attention to imports shipped to US consumers than to imports shipped to government representatives.

(E)

Whether nonprescription medications can interact with and block the action of any prescription medications that could be imported to the American consumer

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