Nutrasource Blog

Weight Management in the Elderly: An Opportunity for Clinical Trials?

Posted by Dr. Carolina Bonilla, MD/PhD on Tue, Feb 09, 2016

Our resident medical expert, Dr. Carolina Bonilla, MD/PhD, brings over 14 years of experience in coordinating and supervising clinical trials and health research projects. As Medical Research Advisor and Sub-Investigator at Nutrasource, Dr. Bonilla specializes in chronic disease prevention and management including diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and weight management.

In this new Physician's Insights blog series, Dr. Bonilla sheds light on today’s hottest topics facing the natural health industry from a medical and clinical research perspective.

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Tags: Nutrition, Clinical Research, Research

Taking an integrated clinical and regulatory approach for the prebiotic/probiotic market

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Wed, Jan 27, 2016

Prebiotics and probiotics aren't going anywhere.  In fact, this emerging market has become so popular in recent years that there are now two major events dedicated solely to prebiotics/probiotics.

Our clinical team will be attending Probiota Global (Amsterdam, Feb 2-4, 2016) and Probiota Americas (Chicago, May 31-June 2, 2016) to share knowledge, explore new opportunities and network within this exciting area of health research.

As we gear up for next week's conference, we take a look at one of the most challenging aspects of the research and development (R&D) process for companies looking to bring prebiotics/probiotics to market.

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Tags: Natural Health Products, Dietary Supplements, Clinical Research, Pharmaceuticals, Regulatory, Foods

Clinical research 101: What you need to know about phase I, II, III and IV clinical studies

Posted by Joshua Baisley, BSc on Thu, Dec 03, 2015

Study designs need to support the final claims including marketing claims.  Risk management is a key aspect of formulating a robust clinical development program and may include proof of concept studies such as dose ranging or multiple dose studies and pilot studies, prior to engaging in pivotal clinical studies to determine evidence of effect and variability around changes resulting from supplementation with the investigational product.

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Tags: Natural Health Products, Dietary Supplements, Clinical Research

Developing a dietary supplement? Start with the product claim

Posted by Joshua Baisley, BSc 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: Natural Health Products, Dietary Supplements, Clinical Research, Regulatory

Product positioning tips for the dietary supplement industry

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Tue, Aug 25, 2015

The road from initial idea to market launch—also known as concept to claim—can be a long one with many bumps along the way.  Understanding how a product and its ingredients affect human health is step one, but ultimately you will need to decide how best to position the final product in a crowded marketplace.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements, Clinical Research, Health Claims, Regulatory, Product Positioning

Whitepaper: Is Your Dietary Supplement Commercialization Plan on Target?

Posted by Joshua Baisley, BSc 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: Product Marketing, Dietary Supplements, Clinical Research

Why conduct clinical research in Canada? Key benefits you may not be aware of

Posted by Joshua Baisley, BSc on Tue, Jun 02, 2015

Joshua Baisley, B.Sc., is the Associate Director of Clinical Trials at Nutrasource.  Connect with Josh on LinkedIn.


Clinical research in Canada has been declining year over year since 2010.  Fluctuations are sometimes seen due to the changing strength of the Canadian versus American dollar as the costs are typically quite similar between countries.  Another factor in the recent downturn has been partially credited to Sponsors and contract research organizations (CROs) placing studies in foreign countries or being misinformed that data must be produced in the country they are marketing in.  These factors have led to CROs and sites to move to, or open operations in, other countries to adapt.

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Tags: Natural Health Products, Dietary Supplements, Clinical Research

Client success stories within Ingredient Marketplace’s “hot topics” product categories

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Ingredient Marketplace is sure to be a hit this year as the popular health products trade show heads south to Orlando, Florida.

This year the conference has put together a list of hot topics based on actual requests from registered attendees.  Categories include energy, cognitive health, cardiovascular health and non-GMO ingredients.  Attendees can search for exhibitors within each category, allowing them to easily find companies they are interested in doing business with.

As we prepare for Ingredient Marketplace, we take a look back at some of our customers’ success stories within these “hot topics” categories.  Read on to learn how we helped them achieve their business goals, whether it was to bring products to new markets or support novel health claims.

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Tags: Product Testing, Product Marketing, Clinical Research, Regulatory, Events

Can your natural health product claims stand up to the FTC?

Posted by Joshua Baisley, BSc on Fri, Feb 06, 2015

By: Joshua Baisley, B.Sc., Associate Director of Clinical Trials, and Rachel Rebry, M.Sc., Associate Director of Nutrition and Nutraceutical Research

The verdict is in on one of the two high-profile dietary supplement industry cases before the courts this year.  The decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) charges that POM Wonderful and POMx ads were deceptive.  The ads claimed that the product could treat, prevent or reduce the risk of heart disease and prostate cancer, but lacked clinical evidence to substantiate such claims.

The decision led to questions around how much clinical evidence is required to support a health claim. How is a company promoting the benefits of natural health products supposed to navigate the regulatory landscape when even the guidances are not clear?

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Tags: Product Marketing, Natural Health Products, Dietary Supplements, Clinical Research, Health Claims

Weight loss supplements – is your company at risk?

Posted by Joshua Baisley, BSc on Mon, Jan 19, 2015

Weight loss supplements are a class of products that have come under fire by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  In January 2014, the FTC updated its guidance to advertisers listing the 7 claims below that cannot be made by any weight loss supplements or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs:

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Tags: Clinical Research, Regulatory