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The Heinz Incident In Europe, a woman was near death from a terminal disease. There was, however, one drug which doctors thought might save her. It was a form of radium that a pharmacist in the same town had recently discovered. The pharmacist believed that he “had to always do what was in his own best interest,” and decided to charge one hundred times what the drug cost to produce so that he could solicit as much profit from his research as possible. The cost for one dose was a quarter million dollars, and the doctors suggested that the woman would need four in order to be cured. The sick woman's husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to secure finances, but was only able to raise $300,000.00, all of which were given in the form of gifts. He went to the pharmacist personally and told him his wife was dying, asking the pharmacist to sell it cheaper or allow him to pay later. The pharmacist flatly said, "No, it is not in my best personal interest to discount the drug.” Heinz was desperate so he broke into the man's laboratory and stole four doses of the drug for his wife. Heinz and his wife went to a distant town where she received the new treatment, and was cured. Heinz was so deeply moved by the incident

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