Nutrasource Blog

How to Not Get Kicked Off Amazon.ca for Non-Compliant Natural Health Products

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Mon, Sep 24, 2018

If you're already selling your supplement on Amazon in the U.S. or elsewhere around the globe, Canada is a natural next step to achieve growth and gain market share.

But if you're looking to enter the Canadian market for the first time via Amazon.ca, be warned - it's not as simple as setting up an account and listing your products!

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Tags: Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Regulatory, Product Marketing

How Health Canada’s Upcoming Self-Care Product Regulations Could Impact Your Marketed Natural Health Products, Non-Prescription Drugs, and Cosmetics

Posted by Frederick Choy, B.Sc., Regulatory Affairs Specialist on Wed, Jun 27, 2018

New self-care product regulations are coming to Canada. Will your brand be ready?

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Tags: Regulatory, Product Marketing, Pharmaceuticals, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Setting Higher Quality Standards for Label 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 & Certifications, Claims, Product Marketing, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

5 Essential Tips for Substantiating Dietary Supplement Claims

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. 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

Can Your Dietary Supplement Claims Stand Up to the FTC?

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Director of Clinical Trials - Domestic on Fri, Feb 06, 2015

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, Clinical Trials, Claims, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

The Value of Third-Party Certifications for the Natural Health Industry

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Tue, Aug 12, 2014

Consumer interest in quality, transparency, traceability and labelling has grown substantially in the past decade.  According to the Supplements/OTC/Rx (SORD) database, an ongoing market research platform launched in 2006, 44% of consumers are concerned about supplement quality.

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Tags: Product Testing & Certifications, Product Marketing, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products