The fundamental sentiment of Antibiotic Stewardship is that antibiotics are a precious and finite resource which must be used responsibly.
Doron and Davidson (2011) identified three main goals of Antibiotic Stewardship:
- “Optimise therapy for individual patients” - Helperby’s new combination treatment for highly resistant, difficult to treat bacterial infections gives clinicians the option of effective treatment with a lower dose of old familiar drugs, thereby reducing side-effects.
- “Prevent overuse, misuse and abuse”- Helperby’s Zidistin spares the use of carbapenems, thereby reducing the overuse and misuse of these last resort antibiotics.
- “Minimise development of resistance at patient and community levels.” By using combinations of antibiotics, it may be feasible to reduce the emergence of resistance. This approach has been successfully used in other infections such as tuberculosis and AIDS.
These values, which ensure that medical/surgical care can continue to rely on effective antibiotics into the future, was the reason Helperby was founded.