Nutrasource Blog

The Supplement Industry Still Has a Claims Substantiation Problem. Here's How to Fix It

Posted by Douglas Kalman, Ph.D., R.D., CCRC, FACN, Vice President of Scientific Affairs on Wed, Jan 30, 2019

For the past decade, I've written and educated industry about the benefits of substantiating dietary supplement claims, from the rationale of complying with national regulatory rules to remaining ahead of the innovation curve.

But despite policing from the U.S.-FDA and FTC, and the negative media attention surrounding offending brands, the supplement industry still has a substantiation problem. There are far too many instances of companies under fire (or yet to be under fire) for unsubstantiated, misleading, or deceptive claims.

The good news is that this can be fixed with a clearer understanding of what qualifies as substantiation and how companies can benefit from making the investment in quality research. Read on to find out what you need to know.

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Tags: Concept to Claim, Product Marketing, Claims, Regulatory, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Regulatory Trends That Will Shape 2019

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc., MBA, Marketing Director on Thu, Dec 06, 2018

The past year was a whirlwind of regulatory change that brought exciting opportunities and new challenges in equal measure.

As we look to another game-changing year ahead, our regulatory and scientific team reviews the top regulatory trends expected to shape health product innovation and marketing in 2019 and beyond.

Here's what to expect...

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Tags: Product Marketing, Claims, Regulatory, Cannabis, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Foods & Beverages

Substantiating Products With No Guidance: The CBD Confusion

Posted by Susan J. Hewlings, Ph.D., R.D., Director of Scientific Affairs on Fri, Aug 17, 2018

While many U.S. states (and, of course, Canada) are approving medical and recreational use of cannabis products, confusion about how these products are regulated continues to grow.

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Tags: Cannabis, Claims, Regulatory

Setting Higher Quality Standards for Label Claims

Posted by Rodney Butt, M.Sc., MBA, Vice President, Programs 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 & Certifications, Claims, Product Marketing, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

5 Essential Tips for Substantiating Dietary Supplement Claims

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc., MBA, Marketing Director on Mon, Jun 13, 2016

Product claims are a key component of dietary supplement positioning and marketing. Companies use claims to showcase their product's health effects, nutritional benefits or performance to reinforce brand values and help boost sales.

Substantiating product claims is an important aspect of any product launch or
repositioning strategy. Not having the right type or level of data required to support a
claim can put a brand at risk for regulatory consequences, negative publicity and,
ultimately, a loss of market share and competitive advantage.

Below are five essential tips and best practices from our Dietary Supplement Claims Substantiation E-Book which you can use to develop an effective claims strategy for your dietary supplement:

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Tags: Product Marketing, Clinical Trials, Claims, Regulatory, Concept to Claim, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Start with the Product Claim When Developing a Dietary Supplement

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Director of Clinical Trials on Thu, Nov 12, 2015

There are many questions that must be asked, and consecutive steps planned, in order to successfully develop and launch a dietary supplement.  These questions include:

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Tags: Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Claims, Concept to Claim

Is Your Dietary Supplement Commercialization Plan on Target?

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Director of Clinical Trials on Wed, Jul 22, 2015

Clinical research has become a fundamental step in the development of a dietary supplement. Nutraceutical companies are investing more in clinical research than ever before to support health and marketing claims and gain a competitive advantage in a saturated marketplace.

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Tags: Clinical Trials, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Concept to Claim, Claims, Pharmaceuticals

The 5 Key Questions to Ask Before Your Next Product Launch

Posted by Nutrasource on Thu, Jun 25, 2015

You have an exciting new product idea and are ready to take the leap and go to market. Before you start selling, however, it is important to make sure your product is the best it can be from a regulatory standpoint.

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Tags: Concept to Claim, Claims, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Regulatory

Health Claims That Can Get You in Hot Water

Posted by Nutrasource on Wed, May 06, 2015

As competition in the food and health product space grows, companies frequently look to health claims to differentiate their products from those of competitors.  Claims that showcase the health and nutritional benefits of a product, while communicating the brand’s values and positioning to the end consumer, can help boost sales when done effectively.  Health claims appear not just on product labels but in all avenues of product marketing and advertising, including company websites, product pages and social media accounts.

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Tags: Regulatory, Claims

Your Top Regulatory, R&D, and Testing Questions Answered

Posted by Nutrasource on Mon, Apr 13, 2015

Bringing a product to the next level can be a challenge.  There are many hurdles standing in the way, whether your goal is to support a new claim or re-position your product for a new market.

We've rounded up some of the most common questions we hear from the dietary supplement industry in the hopes that our answers will help you overcome your latest product development challenge.

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Tags: Product Testing & Certifications, Regulatory, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Claims, Clinical Trials