Dr. Bernard Rachlin lost his medical license for practicing medicine below the standard of care. In 2004, Rachlin attempted a medical abortion, but failed to verify the fetus’ gestational age or the length of time the patient had been pregnant. The abortion patient stated she was only 37 days pregnant, but she was actually 37 weeks pregnant. Rachlin failed to detect her third-trimester pregnancy, and prescribed the patient medical abortion drugs, which are only indicated for a pregnancy less than seven weeks gestation. After the patient experienced complications, Rachlin examined her, but again misdiagnosed her and sent her to the hospital. The hospital found the woman was 37 weeks pregnant, and in active labor. The patient delivered a full-term, healthy baby. The FL Board of Medicine disciplined Rachlin, and he permanently relinquished his medical license, effective June 19, 2006. Bernard Rachlin is now DECEASED.
Order of Emergency Restriction of License, 1-18-2006The FL Board of Medicine places emergency restrictions on Bernard Rachlin's license for failure to meet the applicable standard of care. Rachlin had attempted to perform a 7-week-gestation medical abortion procedure on a woman who was 37 weeks pregnant. Rachlin describes his abortion practice and the botched abortion on pages 5-7. The Board finds that Dr. Rachlin's practice presents an "immediate, serious danger" to the public. See page 11.
Final Order - FL Dept. of Health vs. Bernard Rachlin, 6-19-2006The FL Board of Medicine disciplines Dr. Bernard Rachlin, after Rachlin fails to meet the standard of care in a botched abortion case. Rachlin permanently relinquishes his FL medical license, effective 6-19-2006. Document also contains the FL Health Dept. Complaint, which describes Rachlin's botched abortion and his failure to meet the standard of care. See pages 6-13.