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Monday, July 16, 2012

"The Crowd is My Only Drug," Says GSK Olympics Anti-Doping DTC Ad Campaign

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will raise awareness of its role in anti-doping measures at the London 2012 Olympic Games as part of its first consumer-facing corporate campaign in the UK (see here).

Advertisements will appear across a range of media, including television, and outdoor advertising space, commencing July 23. One TV ad is currently available on Youtube:



Obviously, when the athlete star of this video is quoted as saying "The Crowd is My Only Drug," he means illegal drugs that some athletes may use to boost performance, not the drugs sold be GSK for legitimate use. But I wonder if social media "crowds" -- as in "Wisdom of the Crowd" -- can replace some Rx drugs for some people? I'm thinking about GSK drugs such as diet pill Alli and diabetes drug Avandia, both of which have been problems for GSK (see here and here).

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