It's an unusual sight in the United Kingdom—a television commercial for a Big Pharma company. But among the cultural and commercial innovations being attributed to the London Olympic Games is GSK's first UK consumer-facing corporate brand campaign, showcasing its anti-doping operations. The television ad debuted on July 16; and the company's campaign went "outdoors" in late July with hoardings and posters appearing around the country.
The TV campaign is of course governed by European rules on DTC advertising, but the idea of a Big Pharma company eschewing its traditional wares to promote a "pure," "drug free" Games is a neat one. And it looks to be providing a welcome if gentle (and likely temporary) boost to GSK's reputation in the United Kingdom following some of its more recent negative exposure, not least its $3 billion run-in with the US government following the off-label marketing of Paxil and Wellbutrin, and other offenses.