Expert Opinions

Gary Wasserman, DO, FAAP, FAACT, FACMT, ABMT

The AC Cookie is a very unique product and has great potential for pre-hospital management in the both the home as well as ambulance when so ordered by a physician/health care provider. It also has great potential for use in the Emergency Department and can be rapidly administered in triage, or in the waiting room, saving valuable time decontaminating the poisoned patient.  It is a rare event that a poisoned patient presents to a Health Care Facility within 60 minutes of exposure – that is the “golden hour” for effective AC therapy. So having a palatable oral product available that is effective in adsorbing toxins will be extremely useful, especially when used in the home environment ASAP.  Other advantages of the AC Cookie over liquid AC preparations include much lower aspiration risk, better acceptability by children, less mess to administer, and it is a product that could be kept at home for immediate poison First Aid.


Gary S Wasserman, DO is a graduate of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (1971). He completed a pediatric internship and residency in 1974 at the Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, and Medical Toxicology sub-specialty training at CMH in 1975.  Dr Wasserman worked in pediatric emergency medicine for 20 years and is Board Certified in Pediatrics(1979), Pediatric Emergency Medicine (1992-1999), and Medical Toxicology(1975).  He currently holds the position as Chief of the Section of Medical Toxicology at CMH and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City-School of Medicine. He is the author/co-author of over 250 articles and invited guest speaker for over 250 presentations. Dr Wasserman received the “Alumni Achievement Award” from KCUMB in 2007 for his accomplishments in medical toxicology.