A Start-Up Wants to Calm You Down with a Cardiac Drug You Pop Like a Mint

A Start-Up Wants to Calm You Down with a Cardiac Drug You Pop Like a Mint

The pill works like magic, people who’ve used it say, to quell their anxiety around public speaking. For decades, doctors have written off-label prescriptions for the heart drug propranolol to help anxious musicians, poker players, and tech executives calm their racing hearts and still their trembling hands before a big performance. Now, a San Francisco startup called Kick is planning to bring the beta blocker to a mass market — a plan that’s giving some psychiatrists and psychologists anxiety of a different kind. Kick wants to become a telemedicine platform that makes it easy for nearly anyone who needs a...

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