Ertapenem Sodium is a carbapenem antibiotic marketed as Invanz. It is structurally very similar to meropenem in that it possesses a 1-β-methyl group. Other members of the carbapenem group (imipenem, doripenem, and meropenem) are broadly active antibacterials that are used for infections caused by difficult to treat or multidrug-resistant bacteria (such as ESBL expressing Klebsiella pneumonia). It has in vitro activity against gram-positive and gram-
In Microbiology it is used as a component in CRE Agar, a chromogenic screening plate for the detection of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.
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