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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
  • Invanz
    Merck, United States; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Chile; 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, Malaysia; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Philippines; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Tunisia; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Taiwan; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Vietnam; MSD, Argentina; MSD, China; 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, Sweden; MSD, El Salvador; MSD France, France; MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme, Turkey; Sofeco, Egypt
  • Ertamac
    Macleods, India
  • Invanz
    Merck, Canada; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Austria; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Australia; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Bosnia & Herzegowina; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Colombia; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Czech Republic; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Croatia (Hrvatska); Merck Sharp & Dohme, Iceland; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Italy; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Mexico; Merck Sharp & Dohme, New Zealand; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Portugal; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Romania; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Serbia; Merck Sharp & Dohme, Slovakia; Merck Sharp & Dohme Pharmaceuticals, Russian Federation; MSD, Switzerland; MSD, Denmark; MSD, Netherlands; MSD, Thailand; MSD, South Africa; MSD Pharma, Hungary
    Infectopharm, Germany


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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