Purpose: To evaluate the relationships between brentuximab vedotin (BV) pharmacokinetics, age, and body weight (BW) with efficacy and safety in pediatric and young adult patients with previously untreated, high-risk classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) in the phase 3 AHOD1331 study. Patients and Methods: Overall, 296 patients (age 2–21 years) in the overall population were randomized to and received BV + chemotherapy; the pharmacokinetic subpopulation comprised 24 patients (age <13 years). Age- and/or BW-based (pharmacokinetic surrogates) subgroup analyses of efficacy and safety were conducted for the overall population. Exposure-response analyses were limited to the pharmacokinetic subpopulation. Results: There were no visible trends in disease characteristics across pediatric age subgroups, while BW increased with age. Observed antibody-drug conjugate exposures in patients aged <12 years were lower than those in adults administered BV 1.8 mg/kg every 3 weeks (Q3W), as exposure increased with BW. Nevertheless, no detrimental impact on event-free survival (EFS) was seen in younger subgroups: 3-year EFS was 96.2% (2–<12-years) and 92.0% (12–<18-years), with no events observed in those aged <6 years. Neither early response nor lack of need for radiation therapy was associated with high pharmacokinetic exposure. No evidence of exposure-driven grade ≥2 or ≥3 peripheral neuropathy or grade ≥3 neutropenia was seen in exposure-safety and BW-based subgroup analyses; the incidence of these safety events was comparable across pediatric age subgroups, despite lower exposure in younger children. Conclusions: No further adjustments based on age or BW are required for the BV dose (1.8 mg/kg Q3W) approved in children.

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