Utah’s first compounding pharmacy still serves Sugar House

Jolley’s Compounding Pharmacy, located on 1702 S. 1100 East, has been a part of Sugar House’s history since 1954. Jolley’s became Utah’s first compounding pharmacy in 1982.  Photo by Rachel Terran

Jolley’s Compounding Pharmacy, located on 1702 S. 1100 East, has been a part of Sugar House’s history since 1954. Jolley’s became Utah’s first compounding pharmacy in 1982.  Photo by Rachel Terran

Down the street from Westminster is a local compounding pharmacy where people can pick up prescriptions, experience the charm of a family business, buy from a local gift shop and utilize a complimentary massage chair.

The Sugar House Chamber currently lists 65 small businesses on its web page, and Jolley’s Pharmacy, located on 1702 S. 1100 East, has been a part of Sugar House’s tradition of small businesses since 1954.

“The business is still a good portion family business,” said Dean Jolley, the store’s owner. “One of my sons is a full time employee here, and all of my other children have worked part time.”

Dean Jolley’s parents founded Jolley’s pharmacy in 1954 and he began working at his parents’ pharmacy washing prescription bottles at a young age. By 1980, he graduated from pharmacy school at the University of Utah. Eventually, he and his brothers bought the business from their parents, and each got his own shop—minutes apart in Salt Lake City.

Dean Jolley gives a tour around Jolley’s Compounding Pharmacy. The only compounding pharmacy in Utah, Jolley’s can tailor prescriptions to specific patient’s needs depending on what a doctor prescribes, including dosages and strengths. Photo by Rachel Terran

Dean Jolley gives a tour around Jolley’s Compounding Pharmacy. The only compounding pharmacy in Utah, Jolley’s can tailor prescriptions to specific patient’s needs depending on what a doctor prescribes, including dosages and strengths. Photo by Rachel Terran

Jolley’s became Utah’s first compounding pharmacy in 1982, which means the pharmacy can tailor prescriptions to specific patient’s needs depending on what a doctor prescribes, including dosages and strengths.

“We do about two thirds traditional stuff and about one third unique compounds that are made custom per doctor's order for specific customers,” Jolley said.

Compounding services are also available for customer’s pets.

Additionally, Jolley’s offers hormone testing for regulation and balance.

“Women are exposed to many things in the environment and processed foods that can affect hormones,” Jolley said. “Hormones affect brain health, sleep, bone health, mood and energy levels.”

The pharmacy holds a free class on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., where Dr. Karsen Delgado explains hormone testing and services.

Nathan Gordon, a Westminster junior studying geology, works as a technician at Jolley’s.

“Jolley’s is really close to campus, so that makes it really convenient because I can park there and walk here,” Gordon said. “They also work with my schedule really well.”

Jolley’s pharmacy distinguishes itself from other pharmacies in a variety of ways, said Gordon, who has worked for other pharmacies in the past.

“There are more benefits to Jolley’s because it is smaller and we have a relationship with most patients,” Gordon said. “I know most patients by site, name, history and preferences, and usually we are able to fill prescriptions within 20 minutes.”

Westminster geology student Nathan Gordon works as a pharmacy technician at Jolley’s Compounding Pharmacy, which is just down the street from Westminster. “There are more benefits to Jolley’s because it is smaller and we have a relationship with most patients,” Gordon said. Photo by Rachel Terran

Westminster geology student Nathan Gordon works as a pharmacy technician at Jolley’s Compounding Pharmacy, which is just down the street from Westminster. “There are more benefits to Jolley’s because it is smaller and we have a relationship with most patients,” Gordon said. Photo by Rachel Terran

Jolley’s also has a gift store that features locally-made items, which has been part of the business franchise since 1996.

“An eight year old boy has come in this past year and brought reusable shopping bags he makes, and now we sell them in the shop,” Jolley said. “It is an option for Westminster students to pitch their creations to sell on a consignment basis here.”