David B. Liebman, R.Ph, D.P.A., FACVP, FACA
Owner of Kayes Compound Pharmacy
Dr. David B. Liebman purchased Kaye’s Pharmacy in December 1982. He opened his compounding lab shortly after-ward to serve physicians, veterinarians, dentists, and patients around the country. They needed medications that were not commercially available.
Compounding has always been integral to pharmacy practice, and it began to grow in popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The new demand for customized medications required pharmacists to acquire new skills. Also, the pharmacies who wanted to participate in compounding needed to invest in new equipment, an expanded inventory of drugs and chemicals, as well as additional supplies. And, because compounding was relatively new in Maryland, some may say that Dr. Liebman was a bit of a pioneer.
In the late 1980s, soon after deciding to open a compounding lab, Kaye’s joined the Professional Compounding Center of America (PCCA). At that time, the PCCA would invite individual members, including Dr. Liebman, to their offices in Houston to field compounding questions and to problem-solve for other PCCA members.
As the pioneer that he was, Dr. Liebman was in high demand by many people who wanted to understand better what pharmacists could and could not do with these compounded medications. In the early 1990s, he was invited by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) to represent independent pharmacies on its newly formed Pharmacy Compounding Practices Expert Advisory Panel. He served two terms from 1995 to 2005. The goal was to develop a list of commonly compounded medications being prepared across the country and write a monograph for each one – in USP format. Once the panel completed the monographs, copies were sent to selected pharmacies with detailed instructions on how to prepare the medication. The pharmacies then needed to return the finished product to the USP for analysis. If it met the analytic standards, the panel would recommend the formulation be accepted as an official monograph of the USP.
Soon, the FDA established its own advisory committee composed of interested stakeholders. Dr. Liebman was invited to sit on the FDA committee. He was now the only independent pharmacy owner on both the FDA committee and the USP panel – simultaneously. In February of this year, Dr. Liebman stepped down as Chairman of the Board of the American College of Apothecaries after having served as its President. He is a Fellow of both the ACA and the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists.
After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Dr. Liebman volunteered for a week of clean up. He is the past President of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and a 40-year member of the Lions Club. His philanthropic nature seeps into eve-ry aspect of his world, including the pharmacy. If you ever visited the pharmacy and drove into the parking lot, you may have seen the mural on the side of the building. It was designed and painted by a local girl scout troop.
Dr. Liebman and his wife Sue live in Baltimore, MD. They have three children, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Over the years they raised three dogs. Dr. Liebman has practiced pharmacy in Virginia, Florida, Mary-land, and Israel.