Nutrasource Blog

Setting Higher Quality Standards for Labeling Claims

Posted by Rodney Butt, M.Sc., MBA on Wed, Feb 15, 2017

When Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994, dietary supplements were placed in a unique marketing position. Unlike prescription drugs, which must be rigorously tested to prove both safety and efficacy before they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for commercial release, dietary supplements can go to market immediately. The FDA monitors the “claim” to ensure there is no implied cure wording and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) assesses the truthfulness of the label claim only if there is a complaint.

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Tags: Product Testing, Product Marketing, Natural Health Products, Dietary Supplements, Nutrasource, Health Claims

How will the NDI draft guidance shape the supplement industry?

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Thu, Nov 10, 2016

The FDA's New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) draft guidance, released this past August, continues to shake up the supplement industry. Companies are struggling to understand what the new guidelines mean and exactly how the changes will impact their product lines once implemented.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements, Regulatory

Compliance, Claims & Clinical Trials: Understanding the Keys to a Successful Product Plan

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Mon, Oct 24, 2016

There is more than one successful pathway to market. Understanding the regulatory nuances of each, and developing a solid product plan in advance, is essential for staying on time, on budget and keeping consistent with your brand strategy.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements, Clinical Research, Health Claims

Top highlights & product trends from SupplySide West 2016

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Mon, Oct 17, 2016

As the dust settles from another outstanding SupplySide West show, we take a moment to recap key highlights from the event.

Trend-spotting on the show floor

The convention hall was buzzing with activity as vendors, suppliers and retailers talked shop and did business. As expected, the latest and greatest products were on full display. Here are a few key themes we spotted:

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Tags: Corporate News, Events

Demystifying clinical study designs for probiotics

Posted by Joshua Baisley, BSc on Wed, Oct 12, 2016

As the probiotic segment continues to trend upward, more companies are investing in well-designed clinical trials to support efficacy.

One area that has presented substantial learning opportunities, and has helped shape the future of probiotic clinical trials, is the study of antibiotic associated diarrhea (AAD) and probiotic intake.

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Tags: Clinical Research, Research, Probiotics

The future of probiotics is bright - Q&A with International Probiotics Association's George Paraskevakos

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Tue, Sep 13, 2016

As the global voice of probiotics, the International Probiotics Association (IPA) has been working jointly with industry, government and academia to advance probiotic technology, research and product development.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements, Events, Probiotics

What to look for in a dietary supplement CRO

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Wed, Aug 31, 2016

Choosing a contract research organization (CRO) is one of the most important steps in a dietary supplement research and development plan.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements, Contract Research Organization, Clinical Research, Regulatory

4 can't-miss natural health events to attend this fall

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Thu, Aug 25, 2016

With summer coming to a close, it's time to shift our mindsets away from backyard barbecues and toward our packed fall calendars.

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Tags: Events

Innovation strategies to reinvigorate the bone and joint health market

Posted by Chiarina Crawford on Tue, Aug 02, 2016

Last month, industry experts in the joint and bone health sector gathered for an online event focused on the state of the market, the need for innovation and the future of joint and bone health products.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements, Regulatory, Product Positioning

Clearing up ingredient claims confusion: Part 2

Posted by Chiarina Crawford on Thu, Jul 21, 2016

In the second part of our Ingredient Claims Confusion webinar recap (see Part 1 here), we highlight top tips for creating safe and effective new products from Greg Horn, President of Speciality Nutrition Group Inc.

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Tags: Product Marketing, Dietary Supplements, Health Claims, Regulatory