Ertapenem SUN



This medicine is authorised for use in the European Union.


Ertapenem SUN is an antibiotic. It is used in adults and children over 3 months of age to treat:

  • infections within the abdomen;
  • community-acquired pneumonia (infection of the lungs caught away from hospital);
  • gynaecological infections;
  • foot infections in diabetes patients.

Ertapenem SUN is also used in adults to prevent infection after colorectal surgery (surgery in the lower part of the bowel, including the rectum).

Ertapenem SUN is used when the bacteria that cause the infection are likely to be killed by the antibiotic. Before using Ertapenem SUN, doctors should consider official guidance on the appropriate use of antibiotics.

Ertapenem SUN is a ‘generic medicine’. This means that Ertapenem SUN contains the same active substance and works in the same way as a ‘reference medicine’ already authorised in the EU called Invanz. For more information on generic medicines, see the question-and-answer document here.

Ertapenem SUN contains the active substance ertapenem.

This EPAR was last updated on 21/11/2022

Authorisation details

Product details
Ertapenem SUN
Agency product number
Active substance
ertapenem sodium
International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name
Therapeutic area (MeSH)
Bacterial Infections

This is a generic medicine, which is developed to be the same as a medicine that has already been authorised, called the reference medicine. A generic medicine contains the same active substance(s) as the reference medicine, and is used at the same dose(s) to treat the same disease(s). For more information, see Generic and hybrid medicines.

Publication details
Marketing-authorisation holder
SUN Pharmaceutical Industries (Europe) B.V.
Date of issue of marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union
Contact address
Polarisavenue 87
2132JH Hoofddorp
The Netherlands

Product information

19/05/2022 Ertapenem SUN - EMEA/H/C/005815 -

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Pharmacotherapeutic group


Therapeutic indication

Ertapenem SUN is indicated in paediatric patients (3 months to 17 years of age) and in adults for the treatment of the following infections when caused by bacteria known or very likely to be susceptible to ertapenem and when parenteral therapy is required (see sections 4.4 and 5.1):
- Intra-abdominal infections
- Community acquired pneumonia
- Acute gynaecological infections
- Diabetic foot infections of the skin and soft tissue (see section 4.4)

Ertapenem SUN is indicated in adults for the prophylaxis of surgical site infection following elective colorectal surgery (see section 4.4).

Consideration should be given to official guidance on the appropriate use of antibacterial agents.

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