A plain language summary of what clinical studies can tell us about the safety of evobrutinib - a potential treatment for multiple sclerosis

Neurodegener Dis Manag. 2023 Aug;13(4):207-213. doi: 10.2217/nmt-2023-0003. Epub 2023 Jun 22.


What is this summary about?: This summary explains the findings from a recent investigation that combined the results of over 1000 people from three clinical studies to understand the safety of evobrutinib. Evobrutinib is an oral medication (taken by mouth), being researched as a potential treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). This medication was also investigated in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Over 1000 people have taken evobrutinib as part of three separate phase 2 clinical studies. These studies looked at how much of the drug should be taken, how safe the drug is, and how well it might work for treating a certain medical condition.

What were the results?: Evobrutinib was well-tolerated by participants in all three studies. The number of side effects reported by participants taking the medication was very similar to those reported by participants taking the placebo (a 'dummy' treatment without a real drug). The most common side effects in clinical studies were urinary tract infections, headache, swelling of the nose and throat, diarrhoea and blood markers of potential liver damage (these returned to normal once the treatment was stopped).

What do the results mean?: The safety data from all three clinical studies are encouraging and can be used to inform further research into using evobrutinib in MS. Clinical Trial Registration: NCT02975349 (multiple sclerosis), NCT03233230 (rheumatoid arthritis), NCT02975336 (systemic lupus erythematosus) (ClinicalTrials.gov).

Keywords: clinical trials; immunology; multiple sclerosis; rheumatology; systemic lupus erythematosus.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid* / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic* / drug therapy
  • Multiple Sclerosis* / drug therapy
  • Pyrimidines / therapeutic use


  • evobrutinib
  • Pyrimidines

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT03233230
  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT02975336