Nutrasource Blog

The State of Sport Nutrition: a peek into the multi-billion dollar industry

Posted by Douglas Kalman, Ph.D., R.D., CCRC, FACN, Vice President of Scientific Affairs on Wed, May 06, 2020

Sports Nutrition as a business category within foods and dietary supplements have had a relatively short history. From a mass market perspective, it was not until 1965 and into the 1970’s that the nephrologist (kidney specialist) Robert Cade, MD started tinkering with a “homemade” beverage, later named Gatorade (Dr. Cade was the Director of the Renal Division at the University of Florida Medical School) for the sole purpose of helping football players stay hydrated during the hot and humid game conditions in Florida.

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Tags: Clinical Trials, Claims, Regulatory, Sport Nutrition

NDIN’s and Structure Function Claims in the Time of COVID-19

Posted by Amy Mozingo, MS, Director of Operations - GRAS Associates on Wed, Apr 22, 2020

As we are all adjusting to modifying our work practices to stay safe and “flatten the curve” during the time of COVID-19, work must go on. R&D, product development, and regulatory compliance are as important as ever as the FDA has been handing out warning letters for unsubstantiated coronavirus claims.

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Tags: Clinical Trials, Claims, Regulatory

Clinical Trial Research Solutions During Social Isolation

Posted by Derek Tobin, Ph.D. on Tue, Apr 07, 2020

The current pandemic situation highlights a weakness in our traditional approach to clinical trials.  You are probably experiencing some form of lock-down (“stay at home order” by your local or national government).  Our innate sense of optimism says this crisis will blow over fast, but there are also dark clouds suggesting weeks may turn to months and true return to normality will take longer than we dare to think.

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Tags: Clinical Trials, Concept to Claim, Foods & Beverages, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

How to Validate Your Products Through Clinical Research

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Vice President, Clinical Design & Delivery on Thu, Feb 13, 2020

Whether you are launching a new product or looking to substantiate a novel claim, strong science is crucial to the success of your health product. In Canada, many ingredients have been “pre-cleared” for specific claims at particular doses. Monographs give guidance and provide substantiation for these ingredients, so you don’t have to.

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Tags: Clinical Trials, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Top 3 Reasons to Conduct Clinical Research in Canada

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Vice President, Clinical Design & Delivery on Tue, Aug 20, 2019

Clinical research is an important investment for the entire supply chain, from ingredient companies to brands selling finished health products. Primary research serves many purposes, and is most commonly used to validate efficacy, safety, and substantiate claims that increase the impact of a company’s marketing messages.

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Tags: Clinical Trials

How to Form a CRO Partnership That Delivers Results

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Vice President, Clinical Design & Delivery on Mon, Oct 15, 2018

The term "partnership" has become a trendy word in the contract research organization (CRO) world. While it's meant to describe a close collaborative relationship between CRO and client, too many organizations claim to be partners when in reality they are only research sites or project-based consultants.

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Tags: Clinical Trials, Regulatory, Concept to Claim

Reverse-Engineering Your Regulatory Strategy for More Efficient Product Development

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Vice President, Clinical Design & Delivery on Thu, Jul 12, 2018

Regulatory strategy is the backbone of successful product development. Brands that lack a clear regulatory plan at the beginning of the process can face longer times to market and potentially higher costs associated with re-work or failure.

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Tags: Clinical Trials, Regulatory, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

What to Expect When Conducting Dietary Supplement Clinical Trials

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Vice President, Clinical Design & Delivery on Tue, Mar 20, 2018

One of the most common questions we hear from clients early in the product lifecycle is: "How do I let my customers know our product is safe, and that it works?"

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Tags: Clinical Trials

Planning for Risk Mitigation Is Key to a Successful Clinical Research Strategy

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Vice President, Clinical Design & Delivery on Fri, May 05, 2017

Investing in clinical research is necessary to establish a product’s safety and efficacy. Whether this is your first clinical study on your product or you’ve conducted a number of clinical trials to substantiate claims for your dietary supplement, begin with the understanding that there are risks of all shapes and sizes involved and that the project manager’s first order of business is to eliminate or mitigate as many as possible.

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Tags: Clinical Trials

Managing Risk in Probiotic Stability

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Vice President, Clinical Design & Delivery on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

A comprehensive clinical testing program is essential to the success of virtually all health products. Writing in the International Probiotics Association blog, Josh Baisley, associate director of clinical trials for Nutrasource, notes that ensuring the stability of a probiotic for the duration of clinical studies is a vital aspect of analyzing the outcome. 

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Tags: Clinical Trials, Probiotics