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Scientists at HerbalScience Develop a Synergistic Method to Fight Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
Date:10/1/2013

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- At a time when pharmaceutical company researchers are quickly running out of options, HerbalScience Group has developed a new approach to fighting antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Scientists at HerbalScience have combined proprietary extracts of Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) botanicals with low doses of generic beta-lactam antibiotics to achieve significant synergistic results in inhibiting the growth of MRSA - a bacterium responsible for an increasing number of life threatening infections in hospitals and in communities.

"MRSA is a type of pathogenic bacteria that is able to survive exposure to the standard pharmaceutical-type antibiotics traditionally used to treat such infections, known as beta-lactams. Beta-lactams are a group of USFDA approved, and now generic antibiotics, that include penicillin derivatives such as methicillin and oxacillin. These antibiotics work by blocking construction of the protective outer layer of a bacterium known as the cell wall without which it cannot survive. Our studies have shown that HSG1004, an HerbalScience proprietary extract from a safe and natural plant food source, harnesses nature's inherent antibacterial capabilities to not only effectively treat MRSA alone, but also to act in concert with these generic pharmaceutical antibiotics to re-sensitize MRSA to their activity. Moreover, the combination therapy exceeds the abilities of the prescribed dose of either the natural product or the synthetic pharmaceutical augmenting both of their antibacterial actions, conventionally known as synergy. The results of our studies represent a breakthrough in the vital battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Our studies demonstrate that low doses of oxacillin combined with this known to be safe food extract create a safe treatment solution for the serious MRSA health problem facing the world." said Christy
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