PHARMACIST, Ben Merriman, is to appear on BBC Mastermind in August and his specialist subject will be the NHS England and Wales Drug Tariff 2010 to 2017.
Ben told Pharmacy in Practice: “I’m really excited to display my intimate knowledge of the Drug tariff. I consider myself the foremost expert and while some people think it’s really complicated I find it quite straightforward.
“I feel a bit like Neo in the matrix, only twice the size and much hairier — obviously I didn’t take the red pill though (that would be unprofessional and naive), but it all makes sense to me. When I close my eyes I can visualise all the chapters and flick through the pages in my head, picking out the relevant information. It’s a real gift – one of many really.
“I can’t wait to meet Barry Humphries and sit in that famous chair. I’ve always loved Dame Edna.”
A spokesperson from the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) said: “It’s wonderful that we are celebrating the Drug Tariff in this way. For too many years it’s just sat propped up against a shelf in the dispensary or stuffed in drawer. Ben’s knowledge is legendary and there’s hardly a week goes by without us having to consult him on one aspect or another.”
Ben’s favourite section of the DT (as he likes to call it) is Part IXA, appliances. In his spare time Ben likes to collect old copies of the DT and even has a room in his house dedicated to it, completely wallpapered in vintage editions.
Ben is not the first pharmacist to appear on the programme, earlier this year, Claire Slater from Horsham, won her round, scoring a total of 25 points — her specialist subject was Leonardo Da Vinci.
Good luck ben!