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Tom Wilbur

Tom Wilbur Tom Wilbur is a director of public affairs at PhRMA focusing on the organization’s federal advocacy priorities including intellectual property and Medicare Part D. Prior to joining PhRMA, Tom worked in national and state politics for nearly a decade, most recently on Capitol Hill as a strategic communicator and campaign manager. Tom is a proud Michigander and in his spare time enjoys reading, live music, and spending time with friends and family cheering on Detroit sports teams.

Recent Posts

What you need to know about the CBO rebate rule score

By Tom Wilbur  |    May 23, 2019
Earlier this year, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a proposed rule that takes aim at today’s complex system of list prices and rebates in...   Read More

IP Explained: How Hatch-Waxman successfully balances affordability and innovation

By Tom Wilbur  |    May 22, 2019
For three decades, The Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act, more commonly known as the Hatch-Waxman Act, has fostered innovation, spurred competition and helped the United...   Read More

IP Explained: Myth vs. fact about strong patent protections in the biopharmaceutical industry

By Tom Wilbur  |    May 2, 2019
Strong patent protections are fundamental to the creation of new treatments and cures that extend and improve patients’ lives. In recent years, critics of the biopharmaceutical industry have...   Read More

IP Explained: What they are saying on the importance of strong intellectual property protections

By Tom Wilbur  |    April 24, 2019
The U.S. biopharmaceutical industry depends on predictable and reliable intellectual property (IP) protections to maintain its role as the global leader in biopharmaceutical innovation. Strong and...   Read More

IP Explained: Why patents are so critical to biopharmaceutical innovation

By Tom Wilbur  |    April 16, 2019
Today, we are excited to launch our new IP Explained Catalyst series, where each week we’ll break down critical components of the intellectual property (IP) system and the important role it plays...   Read More

If the six protected classes policy is weakened, the Medicare Part D exception and appeals process will not provide sufficient protections for patients facing access challenges

By Tom Wilbur  |    March 29, 2019
One of the most important and successful parts of Medicare Part D is the six protected classes policy which covers patients whose conditions – such as HIV, cancer, and epilepsy, among others – are...   Read More

Bipartisan lawmakers urge Administration to rethink proposed changes to six protected classes policy

By Tom Wilbur  |    March 22, 2019
At the end of 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced a dangerous proposed rule that would weaken the Medicare Part D six protected classes policy. The six protected...   Read More

New report: Using march-in authority would jeopardize U.S. innovation

By Tom Wilbur  |    March 19, 2019
In 1980, Congress passed the Small Business Patent Procedures Act, better known as the Bayh-Dole Act, which created a uniform framework for transferring government-funded research into useful...   Read More

Changes to the six protected class policy are the wrong prescription for Medicare and HIV patients

By Tom Wilbur  |    March 15, 2019
For over 10 years, one of the cornerstones of the Medicare Part D program has been to ensure the sickest and most vulnerable patients have access to the clinically critical medicines they rely on....   Read More

Repealing Part D noninterference clause threatens access and choice for America’s seniors

By Tom Wilbur  |    March 5, 2019
For more than a decade, Medicare Part D has successfully provided seniors access to comprehensive prescription drug coverage with low and stable premiums, while negotiation within its unique...   Read More

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