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In the US, Ertapenem (ertapenem systemic) is a member of the drug class carbapenems and is used to treat Infection Prophylaxis, Intraabdominal Infection, Kidney Infections, Pelvic Infections, Pneumonia, Skin or Soft Tissue Infection and Urinary Tract Infection.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Category

Beta-lactam antibacterial: Carbapenem

Chemical Names

(4R,5S,6S)-3-(((3S,5S)-5-(((3-carboxyphenyl)amino)carbonyl)-3-pyrrolidinyl)tio )-6-((1R)-1-hydroxyetyl)-4-metyl-7-oxo-1-azabicyclo (3.2.0)hept-2-ene-2-carbx y lic acid (WHO)

1-Azabicyclo[3.2.0]hept-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid, 3-[[5-[[(3-carboxyphenyl)amino]car-bonyl]-3-pyrrolidinyl]tio]-6-(1-hydroxyetyl)-4-metyl-7-oxo- (USAN)

Foreign Names

  • Ertapenemum (Latin)
  • Ertapenem (German)
  • ErtapĂ©nem (French)
  • Ertapenem (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Ertapenem (OS: BAN)
  • ZD 433 (IS)
  • Ertapenem Sodium (OS: USAN)
  • L-749345 (IS)
  • MK 0826 (IS)
  • MK 826 (IS)
  • ZD 4433 (IS)

Brand Names

  • Ertacrit
    Cipla, India
  • Ertapenem
    Apta Medica, Bosnia & Herzegowina
  • Ertapenem ATB
    Antibiotice, Romania
  • Invanz
    Cibeles, Uruguay; Infectopharm, Germany; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Chile; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Estonia; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Spain; Merck Sharp & Dohme, United Kingdom; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Greece; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Hong Kong; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Indonesia; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Lithuania; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Luxembourg; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Malaysia; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Philippines; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Tunisia; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Taiwan; Merck Sharp & Dohme, United States; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Venezuela; MSD, Costa Rica; MSD, Dominican Republic; MSD, Finland; MSD, Guatemala; MSD, Honduras; MSD, Ireland; MSD, Lebanon; MSD, Nicaragua; MSD, Norway; MSD, Panama; MSD, Peru; MSD, El Salvador; MSD Argentina, Argentina; MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme, Turkey; Sofeco, Egypt; Merck Sharp & Dohme Asia, Vietnam
  • Invanz (Merck Sharp & Dohme
    China MSD, China
  • Invanz
    Merck Sharp & Dohme Pharma Singapore, Singapore
  • Ertamac
    Macleods, India
  • Ertapenem
    Aspire Pharma, United Kingdom; Hikma, United Kingdom; Panmedica, United Kingdom
  • Ertapenem ELC
    ELC Group, United Kingdom
  • Ertapenem Fresenius Kabi
    Fresenius Kabi, Estonia; Fresenius Kabi, Portugal; Fresenius Kabi, Romania; Fresenius Kabi, Sweden; Fresenius Kabi Nederland, Netherlands
  • Ertapenem Milpharm
    Milpharm, United Kingdom
  • Invanz
    M.S.D., Portugal; Merck, Iceland; Merck Canada, Canada; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Australia; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Bosnia & Herzegowina; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Brazil; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Cyprus; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Croatia (Hrvatska); Merck Sharp & Dohme, Israel; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Italy; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Macedonia; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Mexico; Merck Sharp & Dohme, New Zealand; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Romania; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Serbia; MSD, Czech Republic; MSD, Denmark; MSD, Russian Federation; MSD, Sweden; MSD, Slovakia; MSD, Thailand; MSD, South Africa; Sidus, Paraguay
  • Invanz 1 g
    Merck Sharp & Dohme, Austria; MSD Pharma, Hungary
  • INVANZ 1g
    MSD, Switzerland
  • Invapenem-Humanity
    BDR Pharmaceuticals, Georgia


BANBritish Approved Name
ISInofficial Synonym
OSOfficial Synonym
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name
WHOWorld Health Organization

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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