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TBWA\London creates launch campaign for hayfever brand Histallay

The agency's first campaign for the Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories’ brand aims to validate the the experiences of hayfever sufferers

By Creative Salon

TBWA/London's debut campaign for Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories’ new hayfever relief brand, Histallay, sets out to create a meaningful impact by acknowledging and validating the experiences of hayfever sufferers.

Rather than play off the problems and impact of allergens themselves, the campaign aims to bring to life the emotional toll of hayfever in a humourous and relatable way.

Just like Sarah, the protagonist in the work, hayfever sufferers are often told to “pull themselves together” or that it's “just a case of the sniffles”, being forced to get on with their lives and making it feel like the world just doesn't care. But just like the man on the bus who offers Sarah his pack of Histallay, the campaign connects with Dr. Reddy’s aspiration to show sufferers that it cares.

This approach is encapsulated in the work’s endline: “What a relief.”

Fexofenadine (120 mg), the UK’s most prescribed antihistamine[1], is now prescription-free and available at pharmacies and supermarkets by Histallay. Through the launch campaign, Dr. Reddy’s not only wants to highlight the physical symptoms of the condition but also recognises the emotional distress created by societal indifference. It also shows the brand’s connection with consumers in helping them manage and take control of their allergies effectively.

Sarah, resplendent with sore red eyes and bulbous nose, is in the grips of hayfever, isolated by her symptoms and in obvious discomfort. As her day progresses, filled with sneezes and sniffles, Sarah increasingly feels her struggles are brushed off by those around her with casual, disparaging remarks. Not even her cat can offer any sympathy. Relief finally comes aboard a bus, as a fellow traveller recommends Histallay, which transforms her life.

The campaign launched 29 May across TV, radio, digital channels, with OOH due later in the season. The launch was also supported by a timely print execution in last Friday’s Evening Standard. With a nod to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show that opened on 21 May, the ad depicts varieties of flowers in the style of a Victorian encyclopedia, complete with Latin names alluding to common hayfever symptoms. Histallay is presented as the way for sufferers to ‘enjoy flowers for hours’ at this year’s show.

Andy Jex, chief creative officer at TBWA\London, said: “The hayfever category is full of products banging on about multiple functional benefits. I say products and not brands because if all you have is functional benefits you don’t truly have a brand. Our job, together with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, is to build the Histallay brand by connecting with sufferers emotionally. The fundamental to our approach isn’t just knowing how sufferers feel but how much worse they feel when the world dismisses their condition as just a case of the sniffles.”

Histallay is a product of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, and the launch marked the company’s first entry into the UK’s consumer health market. Headquartered in India, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., is a global pharmaceutical company that is committed to providing access to affordable and innovative medicines in keeping with its purpose of 'Good Health Can't Wait, while also setting the highest standards in ESG (Environment, Social and Governance). TBWA\London has been appointed as the creative agency for hayfever relief brand Histallay by Dr. Reddy’s for the UK.


Agency: TBWA\London

CCO: Andy Jex

Creatives: Matt Tassell & Marc Owens

Snr Producer: Megan Sutton

Business Director: Will Hunt

Snr Account Manager: Marcella Zanin

Strategy Partner: Jess Smith

Strategist: Michael Sandstrom

Designer: Luke McLure

Strategist: Michael Sandstrom

Creatives (Flower Show Print): Beck Dunn & Freddie Mickshik

Media: OMD

Production Co: RIFF RAFF

Directors: Humans

EP: Tracey Cooper

Producer: Lauren Highman

DOP: Mateusz Dziekoński

Editor: Ed Cheeseman @ Final Cut

Service Co: The Film Place, Warsaw Poland

Post: Coffee & TV

Sound: Ben Gulvin @ Wave

Music: Machine Sound


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