DALLAS -- Despite seven deaths linked to Extra-Strength Tylenol, mail carriers delivered promotional samples of the painkiller for five days after the postmaster general ordered a halt to their distribution.
The deliveries of 350,000 promotional samples continued until Wednesday, when a mail-order company asked they be stopped, officials said.
The postmaster general had ordered the deliveries stopped on Friday.
'It's so ironic,' said resident Clare Conlon. 'I just finished reading the front page (about Tylenol deaths) and here it was in the mail as a gift. It was Extra Strength Tylenol in a miniature package.'
McNeil Consumer Products, manufacturer of the pain reliever, mailed the samples before cyanide-tainted capsules were linked to at least seven deaths.
Mrs. Conlon said there were no markings on the package to indicate it contained Tylenol.
'It (the box) says, 'Here are your bonus values from Carol Wright,'' she said.