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In practice: Anti-TNF biosimilars in rheumatic disease

Read time: 17 mins
Last updated: 9th Jan 2024
Published:9th Jan 2024

Episode 4: Non-medical switching – Why, who and how?

What is non-medical switching? Dr Christopher Holroyd joins Professor Peter Taylor to discuss its potential benefits and consequences, and how to ensure suitability and provide the best support when used in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Meet the experts

Professor Peter Taylor.pngProfessor Peter Taylor

Professor Peter Taylor holds the Norman Collison Chair of Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford, UK, and is a Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford. He is the Director of Experimental Rheumatology at the Botnar Research Centre within the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences. He is also Chief Medical Advisor to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, a patient-led charity that works to support people with rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile inflammatory arthritis.

Professor Taylor has over 30 years of experience in clinical trial design and international leadership in studies of biologic and small molecular therapies in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, including the earliest seminal trails of anti-TNF and anti-interleukin-6 receptor therapy.


Professor Taylor has received research grants from Celgene and Galapagos, and consultation fees from AbbVie, Biogen, Fresenius Kabi, Galapagos, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Lilly, Nordic Pharma, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, Sanofi, and UCB.

Dr Christopher Holroyd.pngDr Christopher Holroyd

Dr Christopher Holroyd is a Consultant Rheumatologist at University Hospital Southampton, UK, where he is the clinical lead and leads the biological therapies service. Alongside his clinical work, Dr Holroyd continues to have a keen research interest, predominantly in inflammatory arthritis. Recently, he was working group lead and first author for the BSR Biological Therapies Safety Guidelines.


Dr Holroyd has received speaker fees and consultancies from AbbVie, Bristol Myers Squibb, Fresenius Kabi, Galapagos, Gilead, Janssen, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, and UCB.

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