Nutrasource Blog

IGEN™ Certification: Flexibility for Suppliers, Transparency for Consumers

Posted by The IGEN™ Program Team on Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Consumers have become increasingly concerned about the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food production — an occurrence that has contributed to the popularity of products that have not been genetically engineered (GE) through modern biotechnology. 

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Managing Risk in Probiotic Stability

Posted by Joshua Baisley, BSc 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. Due to inherent properties of probiotics, exposure to unfavorable conditions can have serious impacts on the study product, among other advice. Baisley suggests sponsors should consider sending research sites additional product that will be used to test, and demonstrate, the survivability of the probiotic through shipment to the CRO/site, and during storage.

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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How will the NDI draft guidance shape the supplement industry?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The FDA's New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) draft guidance, released this past August, continues to shake up the supplement industry.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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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