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RN Prescribing Medication List

The following chart lists the medications authorized RNs can prescribe in Ontario: 

  • Any vaccines for prevention of bacterial and viral disease
  • Any hormonal contraceptives for systemic use (For example, oral and injectable)
  • Any intravaginal contraceptives
*Excludes intra-uterine devices/contraceptives and contraceptive implants
Travel health 
  • For Malaria prevention, any of the following:
    • Aminoquinolines
    • Biguanides
    • Methanolquinolines
    • Doxycycline
  • For the prevention and/or treatment of traveller’s diarrhea, any of the following: 
    • Norfloxacin
    • Ciprofloxacin
    • Levofloxacin
    • Azithromycin 
    • Rifaximin 
Topical wound care
  • A combination of all three medications for cracked nipple care:
    • Betamethasone 0.1%
    • Mupirocin 2% ointment
    • Miconazole powder to a final concentration of 2% 
  • Metronidazole for topical use for symptom management of odorous wounds
  • Any antibiotics for topical use 
Smoking cessation
  • Bupropion hydrochloride
  • Varenicline tartrate
  • Any anesthetics used topically for pain relief related to immunization and/or topical wound care
Allergic reaction
  • Epinephrine for anaphylaxis 
Over-the-counter medication
  • Any drug or substance that may lawfully be purchased or acquired without a prescription and is available for self-selection in a pharmacy.  

Related links

Ontario Regulation 275/94  

Page last reviewed November 06, 2023